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Schengen Visa Application Procedure in Dubai

August 1, 2013

So I am going to have my holiday in Europe on September and I have already applied for my visa as early as now (because I’m an OC). I’m going to Greece once again so I was really ecstatic when I found out that VFS in Wafi City is already processing visas as well for Greece. I don’t have to go to Abu Dhabi anymore to apply for my Greece Schengen visa. YAY!!!!

Schengen Visa Application Procedure in Dubai

A Schengen visa is a document that you require if you wish to travel to any countries which is part of this agreement. Once you have this, you may enter the Schengen zone and visit as much countries you want within the validity of your visa. The duration of your total stay in Schengen countries shall not exceed 90 days in a period of 6 months, starting from the date of first entry. The Schengen countries are as follows:

Czech Republic

In case you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you have to apply for a Schengen visa at the Embassy/Consulate of the country which is either one of the below:

– your main destination (the Schengen country where you will spend the longest time)
– first point of entry if you are spending the same amount of days in several Schengen countries

So the first step to do is to basically have your itinerary in mind and decide which embassy you’ll be applying for your visa. Since I am only going to Greece, I have applied for a Greek Schengen visa.

Second step is to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, they only accept online appointments these days and will no longer accept walk-ins. Once you’ve done so, you may proceed on preparing the supporting documents needed for your visa application. I prefer scheduling an appointment first before preparing the documents since the earlier schedule you get, the better. It means you’ll have more time for the visa application process itself.

Documents required for Schengen Visa Applications for Tourism purposes:

1. Completed application form.

2. Original Passport and photocopy of the passport, must be valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area, issued within the previous 10 years and containing at least 2 consecutive blank pages.

3. Residence visa (original and photocopy), must be valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area.

4. Photocopies of your previous Schengen visas (if any).

5. One recent passport photo with white background.

6. Travel medical insurance. Covering the entire period of intended stay, valid for all Schengen States, covering any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgency medical attention, emergency hospital treatment or death during your stay (min. coverage €30000). Holiday Guard or RSA Travel insurance usually covers the Schengen visa requirements.

7. Confirmed flight tickets.

8. Proof of financial means, bank statements and payslip.

9. Employment certificate indicating your date of joining, current position and monthly salary.

10. Accommodation reservation.

You may proceed to VFS in Wafi Mall once your appointment date arrives. I went there on the 23rd of July which is actually the peak season to apply for a Schengen visa. The wait during this time is quite unbearable so make sure that you’re ready to spend at least an hour to finish with your appointment. The VFS Global staff will basically check if your requirements are all in order and they will also get your biometrics at the same time (fingerprints and photo). Once done, they will give you a receipt attached to one of your passport copies which you must keep with you will need this when you collect your passport.

Visa Fees:
AED300 for the Visa processing
AED100 for VFS Service fee
AED5 for VFS SMS service
AED30 for VFS courier service

I highly recommend for you to pay for the SMS service so you’ll be able to keep track of what’s happening with your application. For Greece visa, the courier service is not yet available. So I had to go back there to collect my passport with the visa.

My visa was released on the 30th of July, 7 days after my application. They normally advise that it will take about 14 working days for the visa to be released though.

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Greece here I come!!!! Yippppeeeeee!!!! But not until September. 🙁

I have been receiving a lot of emails and comments asking me further questions about Schengen visa application. I tried to answer all of the frequently asked questions on this post: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION. Should you have any other queries that I wasn’t able to answer, please contact the embassy/consulate directly for an accurate information.

Disclaimer: Information above are all correct at the time of application. It is highly advisable to contact the embassy directly should there be any changes on the visa application procedure.

Greece Schengen Visa Application From Dubai

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  • Reply Anonymous May 23, 2017 at 11:58

    Hello! has anyone tried to have Belgium Visa? I’m going there for tomorrowland. Is it true that I need to have an interview in Abu DHabi.. It’s gonna be my first time to avail schengen visa..

  • Reply kat May 15, 2017 at 09:29

    Hey Everyone,

    Is there anyone here who had an experience with processing schengen visa with VFS Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi, can you give a feedback of how the whole procedure went, I’m about to submit my application this week and would like to have an idea of what to expect. Thanks a lot and appreciate it!!!

  • Reply HH May 14, 2017 at 09:17

    Hi ALL,

    I will suggest not to apply Schengen Visa to Greece and VFS, they are not professional, they will give nonsense reason to refuse your visa.
    I have lost all my booking and plan.


  • Reply Farooq May 5, 2017 at 10:46

    after 12 days i got my passport with visa refusal letter from swiss embassy and the reason they mentioned ” your intention to leave the territory of the member state after expiry of the visa could not be ascertained ” i had attached the all supporting doc like flight booking bank statement with amount AED 20K and all other but i think i made mistake at one side that i booked hotel from my tour agency in karama, they made dummy booking for me locally as i was about to fly with group tour and i didn’t paid the full amount thats y they just made dummy hotel booking for me with the name of hotels and their contact details but that was not confirmed .may be that was become the main reason or may be this trip was my first time to Europe as i dont hv any travel history before or 20 k was less amount rest God knows what was goes wrong ,Any how thinking about appeal or re apply ,will see whats gonna happen next

    • Reply lj May 10, 2017 at 10:06

      Hi Farooq,yes it’s because you take dummy from agency not the confirmed once..travel agencies cannot hold reservation for long time.

    • Reply Tess May 13, 2017 at 13:37

      Hi guys, I would like to visit Greece do I need to set and online appointment or I can go directly to the embassy?

    • Reply Mary May 13, 2017 at 14:30

      Hi guys, I would like apply visa in Greece do I need to apply an online appointment or I can go directly to pass my documents? Any response much really appreciated… Thank you

    • Reply k3nchosera May 13, 2017 at 16:56

      i guess the dummy hotel was the issue, there should be a confirmed hotel booking, and confirmed flight in y9our documents, yes 20k is enough for 12 days, i have applied for germany last september and czech republic last month with 15 to 17k in bank, and in 22 days length of time, and i got approved.
      u can ask the embassy of what went wrong..Goodluck

    • Reply lj May 16, 2017 at 15:09

      Hi Farooq,Yes you should provide confirmed ticket,Travel agencies can only hold for not more than 3 days.

    • Reply Adnan May 20, 2017 at 04:55

      Pls confirm have u signed the refusal letter while receiving the passport at VFS. Thanks

    • Reply Me May 23, 2017 at 13:21

      I applied for Spain visa and got rejected as well. I wanted a 10 day vacation and I have enough saving in my bank to support myself.

      I think I got rejected because my last travel history was from the Philippines to the UAE and i never went out since 2014 🙁

      Anyway, I’ll travel to 2 or 3 countries before trying again but I think I will apply to Amsterdam or Prague.

  • Reply Dan Onai May 5, 2017 at 09:46

    Hi, Is anyone can suggest which is the easiest schengen state to get a visa for filipino first timer traveller? I’m planning to travel together with my friend in Paris France this coming November. And estimate savings on bank will be AED10,000 only. Please help me which is the easiest state I can apply to get a visa. Thank you so much.

    • Reply Anonymous May 18, 2017 at 00:21

      First Attempt – Czech Rep – 1 month multiple visa granted
      2nd Attempt – Netherlands – 1 yr multiple visa granted – I have a friend first timer as well, she is traveling with us got 5 months multiple entry.

      I suggest Netherlands, hindi sila madamot! 🙂

  • Reply Patricia May 2, 2017 at 22:31

    We’re planning to travel to Prague, Bratislava and Vienna this month of May or first week of July. Is it possible if we apply first or second week of May for schengen visa, will they approve it within a month? Please let me know so we can push it. Thanks!

    • Reply Anonymous May 6, 2017 at 13:05

      Yes u can but i suggest your travel date should be 1 month after u submit your documents, some embassy will take max 15 or more to release the visa, give some extra time, in my case i will travel on july 5 i submitted my requirement to vfs czech repub. last april 24 and got the visa after 3 days,too early but i got some good hotel deals, and flights too:) goodluck

      • Reply john May 21, 2017 at 12:31

        vfs czech repub they released your visa after 3 days? is that correct?
        as i will be travelling on june 22- 30th and will submit my application 23rd may
        hope i will receive it within 3 days of time ..:)

    • Reply Van May 8, 2017 at 11:19

      Hi, Pat! I have the same itinerary but between Sept – Oct. Did you apply in VFS or AUH?

    • Reply Anonymous May 18, 2017 at 00:23

      I went to prague last year, which is our point of entry, Took us 21 days to process the visa. They had a bad appointment system before but I heard it okay now.

  • Reply k3nchosera May 2, 2017 at 15:56

    got my czech republic visa after 3 days application..see u again EU..:D

    • Reply Farooq May 6, 2017 at 15:49

      is czech is easy country to get schengen visa for all nationality ?

      • Reply k3nchosera May 13, 2017 at 17:00

        hi im not sure though if this is the easiest, i am holding a filipino , but i had history os travel in germany last set, 2016.
        i think if u got all the documents complete, then its ok.. make sure it is all confirmed and not dummy, u can go through their checklist, so u can check one by one all the documents.

    • Reply Jon May 8, 2017 at 08:16

      Hey. I bought my travel insurance online from AXA. Is the printout acceptable? Do I need to have it certified by AXA?

      • Reply k3nchosera May 13, 2017 at 17:04

        yes i think so, i got mine with RSA online, they have send a copy on my email after the payment, i printed it out then include this to my documents.

    • Reply kat May 15, 2017 at 09:33

      Hi K3NCHOSERA, how was your experience? did you apply through VFS Global? is it necessary to go there early to avoid long lines? any feedback is appreciated! enjoy your trip!

  • Reply Neldy April 30, 2017 at 23:51


    • Reply Nikki May 17, 2017 at 10:41

      How many days does it usually take if you submit your (French Visa) application at VFS abu dhabi on a Thursday?
      Is it possible that we’ll get a result on Sunday or Monday?

  • Reply Neldy April 30, 2017 at 23:45

    I don’t recommend applying in vfs dubai! I applied there on April 13 and my two friends applied on April 19 in vfs abu dhabi but they both get their visa after 8 days only while me me it’s been 3 weeks and no sign of my visa! I lost my flight my visa came very late! So don’t bother going to vfs dubai go straight to vfs abu dhabi!

  • Reply Sheikh Shariyar April 30, 2017 at 22:01

    MY travel date is scheduled for tomorrow and my passport still with embassy
    What to do

  • Reply Rahat April 30, 2017 at 17:41

    Guys Finally!! We received our passports today after 41 days and guess what??? We got the visa with multi-entry.
    Our documents were slightly different and the itinerary is complicated as we are travelling through cruise ship but Alhumdulillah eventually worked out.

    Whoever is waiting for Greece visa for long time, just hold your horses you will get it.

    – Generally, they are releasing the passport almost one week before
    – Call embassy if your trip is a week away.
    – If nobody answers on no. 7 then select 3 and ask them to connect to visa department.


    • Reply Nita May 1, 2017 at 08:07

      When is your travel date?

  • Reply Kristine Cabunot April 30, 2017 at 13:38

    I have a 3 months visit visa here in dubai.and im planning to have a tour in Paris France on the first week of June.What is the first thing to do?

    • Reply Lj May 2, 2017 at 12:15

      Hi Kristine,
      I believe that visit visa from UAE will not able to apply tourist visa in paris or schengen state.they require a resident visa so they will know that you are coming back in UAE.

    • Reply k3nchosera May 2, 2017 at 15:54

      u need to have a job here, with a residence visa stamped on your passport, before u can acquire or apply a schengen visa only that u can travel in paris or europe.

  • Reply Rehman April 29, 2017 at 18:28

    Hi its me Rehman i want to apply visa for Netherland but i went befor greece and spain i got 3 scheneng visa but i got from Dubai but know i am in saudi Arabia plz help with my new visa what paper i must make new thank you

  • Reply Sheikh Shariyar April 29, 2017 at 10:48

    I applied For Italy Visa through CKGS on 12th of April 2017
    No reply yet.
    And my travel date is 2nd of May

    • Reply Neldy April 30, 2017 at 23:48

      Goodluck! I lost my flight due to delayed visa that I applied in dubai!

  • Reply Farooq April 26, 2017 at 17:27

    hi every one
    i have applied swiss schengen visa and almost 10 days has been completed but still no any update ,can any one tell that how long swiss embassy will take time to grand visa ? is any one applied swiss visa before ?

  • Reply Janine Michelle April 24, 2017 at 12:34

    Hello. I just want to ask if it still possible to get a Schengen visa to France even if I dont have a bank account, but I have a sponsor and he is a resident there.

    • Reply Sabith April 25, 2017 at 20:12

      You need to have a Dubai Bank Statement if you are applying from here

  • Reply Tania April 21, 2017 at 23:27

    Anybody applied for an Austrian visa before? Planning to visit Austria and Netherlands but longer stay and first point of entry is Austria. Is the procedure difficult? Have travelled a lot before but first time to Austria. Trying to book an appointment on vfs austria dubai, not showing dates for May and no general appointments available which is strange, only premium. Any advice would be helpful.


  • Reply Cuteangel April 21, 2017 at 12:22

    Hi, I have a same problem my visa application is more than 3 weeks now. I’m a bit worried because I have few days left before my travel date this month.
    I didn’t expect that it will take long time get a visa in Greece. But still hoping to have it in God’s will 🙂

    • Reply HH April 24, 2017 at 07:07

      Another sad story 🙁

      I after I made many calls and emails to embassy as my travel date is due, I got one call back from embassy to inform my visa is refused and will sent passport back soon, I’m really wonder why visa was refused as I had all the necessary document as per VFS advised and as per check list.

      This is absolutely no clues of the reason,

      I’m sure Greece embassy is the problems.

      I would like to say thanks to this site and blog as so many people will get help and ideas by reading all your feedbacks.

      • Reply Athens April 26, 2017 at 04:57

        Hi HH, is this your first time to apply for a Schengen visa?

        • Reply HH April 26, 2017 at 12:14

          Yeah ,, it was my first time and the reason for refusal was justification of tentative stay was not reliable,

          • Nisha April 30, 2017 at 17:14

            Same here got refused
            Saying intend of stay documents are not reliable
            That also they said after 35 days

          • Ramprasad May 1, 2017 at 05:23

            My visa got refused for Hungary few weeks back and the
            Reason ws intended purpose not reliable. Only reason for refusal I booked hotel through booking.com which they felt like not reliable
            Boooking hotel through hotel website directly could have solved this problem

          • Nita May 1, 2017 at 08:12

            Did you get a confirmed ticket or a dummy ticket?

          • k3nchosera May 13, 2017 at 17:12

            Hi, i used booking.com for my accomodation in prague and krakow poland, and its all good, no problem..and its confirmed booking

      • Reply AA April 26, 2017 at 08:52

        We got our visa to Greece after 3 weeks last week, it was only 2-3 days before our travel date. Maybe they are receiving lots of applications, I’ve read somewhere that peak season starts in April.

      • Reply Angel April 30, 2017 at 23:03

        Yea. Greece embassy is the worst embassy. They kept my passport for 28days and still refused it. Sick idiots. Won’t advise anyone to go through them.

    • Reply Rahat April 25, 2017 at 15:33

      Hi Cuteangle, did you get the visa? When are you traveling?

    • Reply Anonymous April 26, 2017 at 10:17

      If your trip is a week away you may call the Greece embassy and inform them that your trip is close and you need your passport back.

      • Reply Rahat April 26, 2017 at 12:50

        Hi Anonymous,

        I tried calling embassy but not sure which extension to call as the provided no. on the website drives visa issues to no. 4 and there you have auto answer to call VFS for visa related issues. Your help would be appreciated.

    • Reply Nita April 29, 2017 at 12:45

      Did you received your passport?

  • Reply Nisha April 19, 2017 at 09:15

    Hi guys after 35 days I got my passport with refused .
    So pls can someone let me know if you know any agent to reapply.
    My email is malindinisha@gmail.com

    • Reply Anonymous April 24, 2017 at 11:33

      What is the reason they refused to give you a visa? Is it your first time? Did you filled up the form properly and were you able to provide all the necessary supporting documents?

    • Reply Marie April 24, 2017 at 12:07

      what is their reason for denying you a tourist visa?
      is it your first time?

    • Reply Rahat April 25, 2017 at 15:34

      Hi Nisha, what was the reason of refusal? Did they mention?

    • Reply Farooq April 25, 2017 at 17:10

      Hi nisha
      its sad that ur visa get refused
      can u tell what reason they mentioned on refusal letter ? is this about salary ,bank statment ,uncomplete documents or photo ?

      • Reply Nisha April 30, 2017 at 17:15

        It says intend of stay documents are not reliable

    • Reply Nita April 25, 2017 at 18:27

      Did they mentioned why it is rejected?

    • Reply UbfX April 30, 2017 at 22:40

      Hi Nisha,

      sorry to hear about your visa can understand long waiting and then rejection is big pain my first schengen visa was rejected on same circumstances even i had valid UK visa that time but i applied again after a month but that time used a confirmed booking like i called hotel and ask them to send it on letter head and rest same documents i attached and i got it within 12 days..be make sure you have enough balance and hotel booking on hotel letter head it might help you but apply not immediately but like after a month etc but with same embassy surely you will get it…

  • Reply Nisha April 17, 2017 at 07:38

    Hi did anyone got Greece visa recently
    I have applied 13th march stil showing under processing.

    • Reply HH April 17, 2017 at 11:26

      I think and Greece and VFS are the problems, I tried to call VFS, they cannot give appropriate answer, I called Greece embassy, no answer and automatic reply to contact VFS, I sent email Greece embassy, nothing reply.
      I don’t know what will be the next.
      its really stressful as travel date become closer.
      if anyone has any ideas, Please share.

      • Reply Nisha April 18, 2017 at 07:40

        Same as here
        Call embassy @10 am n keep continue calling then only they will answer 0424492550
        Extension # 201 or 208
        For me almost 35 days nothing reply

      • Reply Ramesh April 18, 2017 at 19:33

        Finally today we received passport with visa rejected . From 13 March till yesterday was under process after a month only receive passport . Reasons to reject documents not enough … so I will suggest to every one apply from other embassy I seen almost Greece has been rejected ……something wrongs in Greece embassy ….

    • Reply Anonymous April 17, 2017 at 11:41

      That is alreay more than a month, now I am worried… We applied last April 6, though.

    • Reply HH April 20, 2017 at 07:57

      Hi NISHA,

      have you received your passport back?
      I called many times to VFS and embassy, but useless 🙁 embassy never answer and VFS cannot give feedback anything and my travel date is on Saturday 22 April.
      wish me good luck 🙂

      • Reply Nisha April 22, 2017 at 07:54

        Hi I’m sorry to say I got rejected after 35 days.

    • Reply Rahat April 20, 2017 at 17:21

      Hi Nisha, did you receive the visa? It’s been 30 days since I applied but no luck. When are you traveling?

    • Reply Rahat April 20, 2017 at 17:23

      Hi Nisha, it’s been exact 30 days since I applied for Greece. Did you receive the visa? If yes then how long did it take?

      • Reply Nisha April 22, 2017 at 07:56

        Sorry got rejected after 35days

        Is their any possibilities to apply as group for all of us .

  • Reply Ramesh April 16, 2017 at 19:55

    We applied schengen visa thru Greece embassy on 13 of March 2017 but till date no things update . It is more than a month . Any one have idea normally how many days will take for visa ?????

    • Reply Anonymous April 17, 2017 at 11:38

      We applied also last April 6 from Greece Embassy, I am thinking why it is taking so long now, because last year only took us 3 days from France Embassy. Good thing our travel dates are Mid of May, so no need to worry, right?

    • Reply Rahat April 20, 2017 at 17:19

      Hi Ramesh, it’s been exact 30 days since I applied for Greece. Did you receive the visa? If yes then how long did it take?

  • Reply HH April 16, 2017 at 13:09

    What will happen if passport does not return by travel date ? 🙁
    I’m really worry now as on 4 days left and VFS is close today and tomorrow 🙁
    please share your feedback.

  • Reply Sabith April 13, 2017 at 20:10

    Schengen Visa German Consulate Dubai – 14 days tour

    Files submitted on 12th March 2017 showing all doc’s as per check list. Closing balance was 12.5k and my monthly salary is 5k aed.
    I have booked different hotels with in Germany since i am exploring different cities and 3 nights in Prague. My concern is I didn’t book any travel ticket from Munich to Prague since I may take a ticket on that day (train or bus) since I am not sure what time on that day I will be heading to Prague (Also considering the fact i am joining some friends from Munich). Will that be a problem in getting the visa granted?

    • Reply HH April 16, 2017 at 10:24

      I have applied from VFS for Greece and they ask for all the ticket travelling to all the Schengen country.
      I think you need to have train/bus/flight to other Schengen area.

      • Reply Sabith April 26, 2017 at 11:12

        I didnt show any travel ticket with in European region apart from TO & Fro tickect (Dubai-Frankfurt). I am also going to Prague and Amsterdam. I have only showed hotel bookings in different countries.

  • Reply stanley April 12, 2017 at 16:35

    Hi! Is there anyone here who tried to apply for a schengen visa through vfs italy? Are they strict in giving visa? I have travel to EUROPE once through Czech Republic visa. I am just curious if Spain Embassy is giving visa with no hassles.

    • Reply stanley April 12, 2017 at 16:36

      Sorry it should be ckgs italy. 🙂

  • Reply ai April 11, 2017 at 09:56


    hi anyone who apply in ckgs? I received my passport and letter for refusal for the reason of justification of purpose and intended stay is not reliable. I use booking.com for my hotel. can i just apply to another schengen state?

  • Reply محمدوقاص April 11, 2017 at 08:41

    I have applied for a schengen visa to Italy on 23rd March 2017. Still I have not received any acknowledgement from the embassy or CKGS. Already 19 working days are over and flight date is on 15 April .its 11th of April. Will it take so long? I have submitted all the documents. Did any one apply for italian visa?
    Kindly respond.

  • Reply Lj Gonzales April 11, 2017 at 05:29

    Hi Guys,

    Thank you so much for this very helpful blog.
    I Got my mulitple visa from Netherlands in just 5 days.
    Travelling to Amsterdam -Paris-Switzerland-Italy-Spain.

    • Reply stanley April 17, 2017 at 07:10

      Hi LJ,

      Can I have your email address? I need to ask something re applying for Netherlands visa, or here’s my email so u can pm me. Thank you so much! stan.ley.madrid18@gmail.com

      • Reply Lj April 20, 2017 at 20:24

        Hi stan you can email me at juliangonzales15@yahoo.com
        I will wait for your email.

        • Reply Janine Michelle April 24, 2017 at 12:17

          Hello, can i ask something? Is it possible to release a tourist visa if I dont have a bank account but I have a sponsor from France and he is a resident there?

  • Reply HH April 9, 2017 at 10:52

    Hi Guys,

    anyone has idea processing time for Schengen visa from Greece?
    I hard from many people saying that Greece take so much time do decide.

    • Reply nisha April 10, 2017 at 13:51

      no idea we applied on 13 march 2017 but till today no things update always showing showing under process?
      when did you apply?

    • Reply Anonymous April 11, 2017 at 11:13

      it depends on your travel date. You may call the embassy if your trip is a week away ,they are usually returning the passport a week before your travel time.

      • Reply Rahat April 25, 2017 at 15:47

        Hi There, could you please let me know if there is a perticular number or extension for Greece embassy as vfs is not giving authentic answer. Provided embassy no. on their website doesn’t really help.

        Also, have you heard anyone receiving the passport after travel date?

    • Reply Athens April 12, 2017 at 05:25

      It took 3 weeks for my visa to be released.

    • Reply AA April 13, 2017 at 04:28

      Ours is 3 weeks already and still nothing. Did you got yours?

      • Reply HH April 16, 2017 at 07:42

        Hi all,

        I applied Greece visa on April 3 and travelling on April 22 and still awaiting my passport and its showing only under process 🙁
        I hope they will return my passport before the travel date.

  • Reply Ley April 5, 2017 at 14:59

    Hi! Is there anyone here who tried to apply for a schengen visa through vfs spain? Are they strict in giving visa? I have travel to EUROPE once through Czech Republic visa. I am just curious if Spain Embassy is giving visa with no hassles.

  • Reply Sash April 2, 2017 at 21:33

    Hi guys , my husband is working in uae for 4 years we planned to book for a Prague vacation for 4 days . Closing bank balance should be around 25kplus .his salary is 7900aed plus incentives ( depends every month like 1000 or 2000) we have a kid who is 7 years old . Will the visa be cancelled because of salary criteria. Somebody please help me so I can proceed with the visa application .

    • Reply Anis April 6, 2017 at 23:46


  • Reply ish March 31, 2017 at 20:50

    hi i just want to ask how much to i need to have maintaining bank account balance if i am planning to get a italy visa? and it will affect if i have only 3000aed per month salary with incentives cash on hand 500aed?

  • Reply Ramprasad March 31, 2017 at 16:14

    I have applied for a schengen business visa to hungary on 8th March 2017. Still I have not received any acknowledgement from the embassy or VFS. Already 18 working days are over. Will it take so long? I have submitted all the documents. Did any one apply for hungarian visa?
    Kindly respond.

    • Reply Estranged89 April 5, 2017 at 10:08


      I applied for Hungarian visa this past September and it took more than a month! like almost 33 calendar days. You just have to be patient for it as I kept bothering the embassy a lot and they suggested the same.

      Relax, if you’ve submitted everything required you will surely get it but you just have to be patient 🙂

    • Reply Nisha April 6, 2017 at 22:24

      Wish you best of luck
      Be calm you’ll get

      • Reply Joyer April 11, 2017 at 17:53

        Hi Nisha , Did you get your Visa yet and If yes which date.

        • Reply Nisha April 14, 2017 at 23:34

          Not yet
          Still awaiting

  • Reply Shalika March 30, 2017 at 15:46

    Hey guys …
    We are planning to visit France (my self and two of my friends)e, Swiss and Italy end of May. (around 12 days)
    So are applying CKGS Dubai as we spend more days in Italy
    Can anyone tell around how much balance in the bank should be there when we apply for visa?

  • Reply Jeandre Jacobs March 30, 2017 at 12:09

    Hi I am from South Africa my mum got a job offer in Abu Dhabi for April this year but we have a cruise booked from Italy that she booked last year already. Its like a dream. Can a South African working in Abu Dhabi apply for an italian visa?

  • Reply Khurram March 30, 2017 at 09:00

    I am applying for Italy visa and they are asking for Labour Agreement. On labour agreement my salary is AED: 4K but i am getting 10K. So is it effect on my visa?

  • Reply Nisha March 27, 2017 at 13:29

    I have applied Greece visa on13th march 2017.
    Can you pls tell anyone how long it will take for processing .

    • Reply Anonymous March 30, 2017 at 08:58

      hi. Nisha

      I applied for Greece and it took only one day. I really wonder why it takes for so long for others. I hope you will get it.

      • Reply Nisha April 2, 2017 at 14:17

        It’s almost 18 days now
        Still waiting

        • Reply Charlie April 2, 2017 at 17:53

          Hi Nisha, did you apply in Dubai or Abu Dhabi? I also applied for a Greece Schengen visa last 15-March in Abu Dhabi, and I still don’t have it.

          • Nisha April 2, 2017 at 19:00

            I have applied from Dubai VFS
            13th march 2017
            But still showing under processing. But nothing changes .today they said call to abudhabi embassy n check with them .

          • Beshie April 2, 2017 at 20:20

            Same here. But everytime We contact Greece embassy they will just give the contact no.of vfs hotline.
            Im clueless now on what to do next. Our departure date is On the 6th already.

        • Reply Charlie April 4, 2017 at 19:12

          How was it? You got yours already?

    • Reply Rahat April 5, 2017 at 12:47

      Hi Nisha, I have also applied on 20th march 2017 and haven’t received it. Just wanted to know if you have received it or no. I guess It is more than 20 days now.

      • Reply Nisha April 6, 2017 at 22:27

        Sorry still under processing me too.
        Hope on Sunday or Monday
        I’ll update you guys as wel
        Keep hope
        Best of luck

        • Reply HH April 10, 2017 at 11:43

          I’m also still awaiting from Greece, its more then a week now, does anyone got anything recently?

          • Ramprasad April 10, 2017 at 13:28

            i got a refusal letter from VFS global yesterday for my application on Business visa (Conference) to hungary after 30 calender days. This letter doesnt have a signature and seal. just printed in A4 sheet.

  • Reply Michealla March 27, 2017 at 00:32

    Hello guys. I am new here. I have applied for the third tourist visa to the Netherlands on 23rd March my plane will leave at 10 April will it arrive on time before my plane leaves? And the person who interviewed me was a bitch she said that my visa might be denied as i did not report my arrival here the last time i went to the Netherlands but i got all the documents and i have already a plane ticket will it be granted anyhow? I am praying and hoping to have it this coming Friday.

    • Reply Anis April 6, 2017 at 23:49


  • Reply Michealla March 27, 2017 at 00:32

    Hello guys. I am new here. I have applied for the third tourist visa to the Netherlands on 23rd March my plane will leave at 10 April will it arrive on time before my plane leaves? And the person who interviewed me was a bitch she said that my visa might be denied as i did not report my arrival here the last time i went to the Netherlands but i got all the documents and i have already a plane ticket will it be granted anyhow? I am praying and hoping to have it this coming Friday.

  • Reply amir March 25, 2017 at 16:00

    Hi, i want to ask last year in Ausgut my visa was rejected for Czech republich , now i want to apply again, can any one tell me now which ciuntry for i apply?

  • Reply ONA March 22, 2017 at 11:32

    I applied for Netherlands business visa on 19th March ,still waiting for my passport .. am flying 23rd.. hopefully will get passport tomorrow.

    • Reply Michealla March 27, 2017 at 01:01

      Did you got your visa already?

    • Reply Amir March 27, 2017 at 20:49

      Hi did u got visa?

    • Reply VICKY April 9, 2017 at 20:11


  • Reply Dan Onai March 21, 2017 at 17:52

    Hi, just wanna ask if who’s here applied for France visa? Is it required to submit the confirmed ticket or dummy ticket would be fine? Also, I have only 6k aed on my bank statement, but I will apply only for 7days visa. Do you think it will be a problem? Thank you.

    • Reply ONA March 22, 2017 at 11:29

      yeah..they will track your dummy ticket and will not give u visa.. good luck lol.. why u need france visa?? u cant do anything with 6k aed ..earn atleast 50-60 k aed before going anywher

    • Reply John March 23, 2017 at 06:36

      Hi Dan Onai,

      You should be able to present a confirmed ticket just to be on the safe side. Im sure they will be able to check if its a dummy ticket. For your bank statement, if you can prove that all your flights, hotel, tours, etc are already paid, 6k AED for pocket money should be sufficient. Good Luck.

      • Reply Stanley April 4, 2017 at 13:53

        Hi John,

        I would like to know if you’re a travel consultant. I have something to ask regarding my case about applying the Visa to Spain. Thanks! Hoping to hear from you soon!


    • Reply Nisha March 27, 2017 at 21:58

      Dear dan
      May I know how long it took time to process your Greece visa.
      Cz I have booked my tickets .
      Thank u

  • Reply Nisha March 21, 2017 at 08:51

    Hi I have applied Greece visa on 13th of march with my husband too. Can you places tell someone that how long it will take for the processing.
    Applied through VFS Dubai

    Thank you

    • Reply UbfX March 21, 2017 at 20:47

      Nisha Official timings are 14 working days in Dubai but it could come early or could take more time but usually they deliver within time frame only in rare cases took little longer wish you good luck!!

      • Reply Nisha March 23, 2017 at 08:16

        Thank you so much for your kind reply

        • Reply Beshie March 30, 2017 at 07:54

          Nisha, have u received your passport yet?

          • Nisha April 2, 2017 at 19:06

            Sorry still I didn’t get
            Until now 14 working days same showing under processing in vfs global.

        • Reply Charlie April 4, 2017 at 05:06

          Hi nisha! How’s your visa now? You got it?

          • Ramesh April 6, 2017 at 20:20

            No things yet .. still showing under process . What’s about you??

          • Nisha April 6, 2017 at 22:34

            Not yet awaiting

          • HH April 10, 2017 at 11:46

            Hi Nisah,

            Have you receive your visa?

        • Reply Beshie April 4, 2017 at 09:56

          Nisha, i have received my passport today and unfortunately the visa was refused. It says there that the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable.

          • Ramesh April 6, 2017 at 20:22

            Ooooo sad news .. did they call and asked anythings or when you receive passport than only you know it is rejected ….?

          • Beshie April 6, 2017 at 21:05

            Upon receiving the passport only. It was delivered with the refusal letter. Hope you’ll get yours approved.
            Best of luck.

          • a2683 April 18, 2017 at 10:51

            I was refused also in italian embassy with the same reason. Are you planning to apply to another schengen state?

  • Reply ali March 20, 2017 at 13:07


    • Reply Anis March 21, 2017 at 00:29

      did you get your netherland visa.

    • Reply Jen March 21, 2017 at 06:39

      Hi Ali,

      Let me know if you get it. I hope you will 🙂

      I will be applying also in Netherlands soon. Share with me some tips. Thanks.

      • Reply Anis April 8, 2017 at 22:19

        hi jen.
        what about your netherland visa?

  • Reply ali March 20, 2017 at 04:13

    i m still waiting for my visa application answer from netherlands consulate i were submit my visa application on 7th march and my travelling date is 28th march. anyone recently applied and get the answer. please share it regards


  • Reply Angel March 19, 2017 at 23:21

    Applied for Greece visa on the 8th of March. Still waiting for my passport. Guess I ll just wait till Thursday before I start calling them. So slow

    • Reply ali March 21, 2017 at 06:40

      whats your news regarding about your visa.
      any update please keep updating here thanks
      we are waiting for
      wish you very good luck

    • Reply Nisha March 21, 2017 at 08:56

      Hi I read that you applied Greece visa may I know have you received your visa
      Cz me too awaiting for that

    • Reply Angel March 22, 2017 at 10:12

      Nothing yet. Am still waiting. Today makes 10 working days and still waiting for my passport. 🙁

      • Reply Nisha March 26, 2017 at 08:26

        Hi good morning
        Any updates for you
        Still I didn’t get too

      • Reply nisha March 26, 2017 at 09:27

        hi madam
        did you get your visa?

    • Reply Angel March 25, 2017 at 16:50

      Still no passport yet. From greece embassy. It’s 17days today. Hopefully before this new week runs out.

      • Reply Nisha March 27, 2017 at 19:52

        Hope you will get
        Wish you good luck
        Pls keep update as well ☺️☺️

      • Reply Beshie March 29, 2017 at 14:50

        Have you received your visa yet?

        • Reply nisha April 2, 2017 at 18:09

          no not yet still showing under process. no idea how long it will take? been informed 15 days but today is 18 days already. what about you and where did you apply?

      • Reply nisha March 30, 2017 at 13:18

        Did you get your visa ? we are waiting yet almost 20 days.

    • Reply Nisha April 1, 2017 at 21:08

      Did u get your visa

      • Reply Ramprasad April 2, 2017 at 12:33

        I have not yet received. I called VFS in the morning. They said it takes 15 to 21 working days.

        • Reply Beshie April 2, 2017 at 13:26

          Ours is 21 days already and vfs are telling me to follow up with the Embassy already and not to them.

      • Reply Beshie April 2, 2017 at 13:17

        Did u get yours? Ours is 21days already

        • Reply Ramprasad April 2, 2017 at 14:44

          I have not yet received my Hungarian visa it’s almost 17 working days
          According to them 15 to 21 working days are required

  • Reply MEM March 19, 2017 at 14:27

    anyone here applied in ckgs italian consulate?

    • Reply UbfX March 21, 2017 at 20:50

      Hi Mem yes i did with my wife and 2 kids and got it back my passport in like 8 days .

    • Reply John March 23, 2017 at 06:39

      Hi Mem,

      Me and my wife applied at CKGS, we got our passport back with the visa just after 1 day. 🙂

      • Reply Mem March 26, 2017 at 14:47

        Hi John, but u had before schengen visa right? We submiited march 13 with my fiance, pnly today we receive this message “Your visa application has been processed by the Consulate General of Italy, and your passport will be
        sent to CKGS Visa Application Centre shortly. If you have received this email, you do not need to call
        the Call center for further Queries.”

        What does it mean? More than 10 days it took. Kinda worried.

        • Reply UbfX March 27, 2017 at 20:49

          No that means tomorrow you can go and collect or they will call you until second half

  • Reply innnathan March 18, 2017 at 11:43

    hi ,

    i applied invited swiss visa & embassy sent me a mail asking , proof relationship from the host , and copy of uae rental or lease agreement , i did not respond so they return the passport saying not proceed . any idea in this case , how i answer this

    • Reply ali March 19, 2017 at 05:22

      you were applied for the family initiation, in this case you need to prove the relationship with them, like a brother or sister or any other relationship you need to prove it, and they want to see it your ties in this country you need the rental agreement if you dont have it you need a letter from anyone who have the rental agreement in which he wrote that he/she living with me. means they not give you the refusal letter in most case they give it the refusal letter. but any how wish you very good luck. you write down all these things on papers and explain to them why you were not able to give them answer.


  • Reply ali March 17, 2017 at 06:59



  • Reply Shaw March 15, 2017 at 07:47


    Hi Everyone,
    Can someone help me ? I have a bank balance of AED 18K Dhs showing a steady amounth 1500 AED savings every month. However, my Salary is only AED 3500. Do you think this would be a problem for rejections? Does anyone else have experience obtaining Schengen visa with AED 3500 Salary ? My intentions are to visit Spain for 7 days.


    • Reply ali March 16, 2017 at 06:00

      yes its work for you, i were meet one PHIPEN AT VFS center he told me that he have always small bank account statement, also have it small salary like 3000 aed he get the visa from italy embassy and Netherlands, you can try it and i hope that its work for you but where you from , please

  • Reply ali March 15, 2017 at 07:44

    anyone recently applied for netherland visa and got it… i were submit my application on 8th march 2017. and i have one problems with my visa application. before i were applied for italy visa in November they refused it now i m again applied for netherlands. my salary is 9,500 aed and working as admin director. and closeing balance is 27,400. AED
    if anyone applied and same waiting please send me the e mail that we were keep intoch and one an other things i will travlling on 27th march.
    my e mail address: USMAN_JAT_1@YAHOO.COM

    BEST Regards

    • Reply MEM March 16, 2017 at 10:49

      Hi ALi! can i know why Italy embassy refused your application?

  • Reply Likfiwy March 10, 2017 at 14:18

    Just wanna ask, we re planning to apply for a working visa in italy and my contract here in uae will be finished on july. Do i need to wait for my cancellation before i apply for an employment visa in italy ?

    • Reply Chu March 11, 2017 at 06:06

      Hi Hello! I have a question please, Is that possible to submit my bank statement without any proof of balance as when I get the salary I withdrawn immediately… But I have my cash savings. awaiting your reply please. Thank you

  • Reply MEM March 3, 2017 at 21:47


    Hi can you help me with my situation please. I do t have savings account here in dubai, only atm from compny salary once i received my salary i withdraw it immediately, so means to say i dont have balance on my account. I saved money by cash or other mo ey is im depositing to my philippines bank account. My salary is 2800 plus incentives. My philippines bank acct has 250k pesos more or less aed20k, is that enough to show them? Scanned copy from my bank there with stamp.

    • Reply usman ose March 8, 2017 at 14:05

      no dear its not work like that you need a bank statements from U.A.E
      sorry but its helpful for you
      its not work like that at all …………

  • Reply MEM March 1, 2017 at 06:28

    Hi pinayfligh! Or anyone! want to ask who experience here applying spain visa in BLS international? Me and fiance is applying for visa by tom but his sched is on march 6 pa, possible ba mgwalk in sya para mgsabay na kmi?

  • Reply saker ahmed February 25, 2017 at 13:04

    good morning my name is saker ahmed i’m bangladeshi citizenship uae resident my visa status is sales representative i’m planing to visit portugal for 1 week it’s possible to get schengin visa,

    here is my contact number #+971564564665

  • Reply Miriam Sarcena February 24, 2017 at 17:23

    Hello maam
    I am miriam pinay po. Just want to ask how to appy Schengen visa spain.

  • Reply Jen February 24, 2017 at 07:09

    Hi! Has anyone applied through the Italian embassy and was approved even without the trade license? Or is it really mandatory?

    Help pls. Thank you.

    • Reply stanley March 11, 2017 at 13:56

      Hi Jen,

      Have you apply for Italian Visa?

      • Reply Jen March 12, 2017 at 04:37

        Hi Stanley,

        I decided to extend my stay in Amsterdam, thus I will apply my visa through Netherlands already. I dont want to deal with trade license chuchu of Italy. Hehe

        • Reply Stanley April 3, 2017 at 15:01

          Hi Jen,

          How’s amsterdam? I went there last december 2016. would you mind to send me a DM/PM to my email? stan.ley.madrid18@gmail.com I want to ask something. Thanks sis! 🙂

  • Reply MEM February 23, 2017 at 09:50

    Anyone here knows if its okay to do walk in in BLS international for spaim visa application? because the available dates online is on second week of march 🙁

  • Reply Espie February 22, 2017 at 11:26

    Can someone help me how to apply a Lithuanian visa here in Dubai? They dont have embassy here in UAE. I dont know what to do.


  • Reply MEM February 13, 2017 at 13:40

    Hi guys, need some help, we are going on a honeymoon trip after our wedding by a cruise on April 22,2017. now we are about to apply for our schengen visa. we received a gift from my fiance uncle for a complete honeymoon trip booking. i have a lot of questions and situations that they might asked, can u help me with this.
    1. the cruise sailing will start on May 1,2017 from barcelona , so we are booked from dubai to barcelona on April 29 to wait for the sailing so basically the cruise arrangements will follow, however, we are staying in Italy for like may 3 to may 9 but ofcourse still on cruise accomodation. then will be back on barcelona may 13 for the end of trip and will fly to paris like 4days then be back to dubai on may 16. question is where do you suggest to apply for our visa? wheres the easiest?

    2. my situation is, my companys license was terminated due some circumstances but my visa is still valid and still working with them, though the last two months they give it by cash and not by my bank account. my company is under DMCC
    * are they gonna ask for my companys trade license?
    * they cant give me salary certificate from DMCC as the portal is also not working anymore, so the company salary certificate will be fine with stamp?
    *is it necessary that my account is above AED 10k? and is it okay that i deposited cash to my account today then request for a bank statement tomorrow? does it make a big deal for them? im not maintaining balance to my acct as i always withdraw all of it after i received my salary.

    Apologies for such a long question. im just confused right now 😀

    • Reply Neha February 16, 2017 at 07:39

      Italy asks for trade license. Better apply from some other country. Salary certificate from Company’s HR is fine. I am not sure about maintaining Balance. I had maintained a bit. But better deposit and then take statement rather than with no balance.

      • Reply MEM February 23, 2017 at 08:58

        Thank you Neha! my fiances bank statement doesnt have balance as he always withdraw it after the salary was given to him and that account is only for salary use and we save money by cash not by bank. in that case we have deposited the money to my account and total showing AED30k on my statement. and we are also submitting his uncle’s financial documents stating that he will support our honeymoon trip. u think its enough even though he doesnt have money on his bank statement? do they randomly check to the bank itself? as we are planning to withdraw the money after we request for bank statement as we are sending it to our country then.

        • Reply Neha March 15, 2017 at 09:31

          yes Mem, all embassies check local bank statement. your home country bank statement can be supporting document.

          • Mem March 15, 2017 at 10:49

            They are checking to the bank itself? Or just the statement we present?

      • Reply Jen February 23, 2017 at 11:54

        Even if you are a regular employee, you still need to provide the company’s trade license?

    • Reply stanley February 19, 2017 at 08:47

      Hello Mem!

      Regarding your question where to apply visa, you have to apply your schengen visa depending on your first entry in shcngen state. In your case since your flying to Barcelona on May, then you have to apply in Spain embassy as your first entry, also you have to mention the other member state on your application.

      The embassy are not requiring trade license so I think no need to present trade license of the company as long as your visa is valid 3-6 months after your departure in the schengen countries.

      They are very strict regarding Bank statement so I suggest if you have your own savings account, you can deposit it there and get the required bank statement. They are particular in the bank stamp.

      It doesn’t matter whether your money is above 10k or below 10k aed, you just have to prove that you have a sufficient money to sustain your trip.

      God Bless!

      • Reply MEM February 23, 2017 at 09:00

        Hi Stanley thanks for your reply! 🙂

        my fiances bank statement doesnt have balance as he always withdraw it after the salary was given to him and that account is only for salary use and we save money by cash not by bank. in that case we have deposited the money to my account and total showing AED30k on my statement. and we are also submitting his uncle’s financial documents stating that he will support our honeymoon trip. u think its enough even though he doesnt have money on his bank statement? do they randomly check to the bank itself? as we are planning to withdraw the money after we request for bank statement as we are sending it to our country then.

      • Reply MEM March 3, 2017 at 21:51

        Had my schedule march 2 at soain embassy, they didnt accept my application as they said i have to apply in italy coz im staying longer there They dont accept even if soain is my first point of entry. Important is where u will stay longer So i have to book again for italy

        • Reply stanley March 11, 2017 at 14:02

          Hi Mem!

          I’m sorry to hear that. Have you apply for italy visa? I am planning to visit italy too soon.

  • Reply Celeste java February 9, 2017 at 09:05

    Is anyone here visited paris? Im going to paris on march can anyone tell me the best location for me to stay but not expensive until now im looking for hotel in booking.com thanks

    • Reply Nicnic February 27, 2017 at 09:07

      if you are alone, you can try the sharing dormitory. but if you want privacy, then choose a small room (bed and breakfast).

    • Reply Kristel March 15, 2017 at 15:10

      Try airbnb…

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  • Reply Liz January 30, 2017 at 05:24

    Hello Guys!

    Does anyone knows if applying for Schengen visa as single woman on her late 30’s will make a big impact on the decision (approved or rejected) the consulate will make..
    Any insights will be highly appreciated!


    • Reply John January 31, 2017 at 06:41

      Hi Liz,

      I don’t believe so. If you just stick to the requirement checklist and makes sure that you can provide all of it, then there are no reason for rejection. Not unless you have a criminal record or on a watchlist. And also you have to prove to them that you have enough money in your account to support your trip.

      • Reply Liz February 11, 2017 at 12:19

        Thank you John!
        Got my Schengen visa after 2 days!
        They gave me 3 months! not bad for a first timer.


        • Reply Anonymous March 7, 2017 at 13:37

          which schengen state you apply? thank you.

  • Reply drwjcb January 26, 2017 at 03:34

    Hi pinayflyinghigh!

    I just wanted to share my story. I have been reading your blogs and comments since last year whenever I have free time. I am Pinoy living here in Dubai for 11 months now, I am 24 years old , working as a Civil Engineer and was hardly bitten by a travel bug. 🙂 I applied for a 29-day Italian Schengen Tourist Visa last January 12 and I was really happy that they granted me a 30-day Visa (kuripot). The processing took 10 working days via CKGS Visa Application Center including the interview with the consulate. I will be travelling from March-April and will be going around Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, Italy ( I will be staying the longest here for my family is here) and Prague. All I can say, if your documents are complete and you don’t have any hidden agenda with respect to your purpose of travel then you will get your visa. Your documents must also be consistent. Btw, It’s also my first time to apply for a Schengen visa but I have traveled to some Asian countries. Thank you so much!

    Europe here I come!!

    • Reply Jen January 29, 2017 at 11:57

      Hi.. You mentioned interview with the consulate? It it necessary? Even for a tourist visa?

      • Reply John January 29, 2017 at 12:28

        Hi Jen,

        i also applied for Italian visa and got it in 2 days. I am not sure about DRWJCB’s case but i was never interviewed in the consulate. I just went to CKGS and they will ask you about your trip. you should be consistent with your answers and it should match your travel documents. Then i got a call the day after i applied that my passport was ready for collection.

        • Reply JAY February 1, 2017 at 10:32

          How many days did you apply in the visa and how many days did the italian consulate granted you?

        • Reply Jen February 1, 2017 at 15:08

          Thank you so much 🙂

        • Reply DRWJCB February 4, 2017 at 11:55

          Hi John,

          When and where will you travel? Are you alone?

          • John February 5, 2017 at 10:18

            Hi DRWJCB,

            i traveled around Europe with my wife back in November. Though our point of entry is Greece, We were staying in Italy the longest so i applied for Italian Schengen. I also found some comments that Greece takes a bit of time to release visa so we extended our stay in Italy intentionally.

        • Reply MEM February 23, 2017 at 09:03

          Hi John, Did they asked for trade license of your company?

          • John February 23, 2017 at 11:41

            Hi Mem,

            Yes. Trade licence is required and mentioned in the requirement checklist.

        • Reply MEM March 8, 2017 at 12:48

          Is it possible to submit without the trade license?

          • John March 9, 2017 at 10:21

            Hi Mem,

            I don’t think so. Trade license is in the checklist. and normally, there is a person checking if you have all the document in the checklist before even entering the processing area. You can still try though and explain to them why you don’t have a trade license.

      • Reply DRWJCB January 31, 2017 at 08:08

        Hi Jen,
        Yes, I was interviewed by the consulate maybe because I declared that my family is in Italy and it’s my first time to apply for a 29-day tourist visa. No worries for the interview, mine took less than 10 minutes. The questions are basic. 🙂

  • Reply Ayaz January 25, 2017 at 09:08

    Hi i applied for malta visa its been more than 20 days now . Still waiting for my passport .Do anyone have experience for malta visa ?

    • Reply Ammar January 26, 2017 at 13:54

      Did you get your visa? Its 10 for me so far, no reply from them.

      • Reply Tuli February 5, 2017 at 22:55

        Hi where did you apply for your malta visa ? UK? or Dubai?

    • Reply Elon March 2, 2017 at 20:37

      hi ayaz did u get ur visa?

  • Reply shivkumar Iyer January 16, 2017 at 10:22

    Hello Everyone
    As you may be aware that Spain has withdrawn services of VFS in UAE from 26 Dec hence there is no clarity how to get Spanish visa. If anyone has any experience in the past few days, please share it. We are planning to travel sometime In march this year.


    • Reply Anonymous January 30, 2017 at 10:53

      You can apply for Spanish visa from BLS visa application centre in Abu Dhabi

  • Reply Celeste java January 9, 2017 at 10:27

    Senior cashier is my designation 5 yrs in my company my salary 3800 and bank statemnt for last 3 months i have 28k in my account i was surprised coz i applied visa dec 28 and 29 my passport was for collection

  • Reply Celeste java January 4, 2017 at 21:56

    I applied for schengen visa france i got a visa in 1day God is Good traveling to paris on march

    • Reply Basil January 4, 2017 at 22:07

      Hi bro, can you please tell me how much is your salary and what is your designation and how much money you showed in Bank account?


      Please everyone share with your all details to help everyone and please mention only salary designation and bank balance then everyone will easily can idea about visa and immigration demands.


    • Reply Abdul February 27, 2017 at 02:43

      When are you travelling

    • Reply Rocel March 15, 2017 at 10:54

      hi celeste how did u pass it can you share please

      • Reply Celeste java April 8, 2017 at 22:44

        Just provide all the necessary document and sure u will pass

  • Reply Anonymous January 4, 2017 at 21:27

    I applied schengen visa france in vfs in 1 day im so lucky God Is Good going to paris on march

  • Reply Mela December 27, 2016 at 11:27

    Hi i applied for schengen visa in vfs italy riyadh, i’ve submitted my application last december 20, 2016. when i checked my status its already recieved at italian embassy, after 2 days i rechecked again and it says that my application is under processing at visa application center.. what does it means? thank you.

  • Reply Anonymous December 24, 2016 at 09:32

    Is it ok if i get dummy ticket

    • Reply Neha December 29, 2016 at 08:46

      It depends on the country you are applying from. I applied to Greece and Netherlands with dummy ticket and I got visa. But looking at the comments in this blogs, I think few countries are really strict and they check each and every detail.
      FYI – My colleague applied through Czech Republic with dummy ticket and he also got his visa.

      • Reply Christina Buenditso December 29, 2016 at 11:55

        how much is your remaining balance?

        • Reply Neha January 2, 2017 at 07:56

          I assume by balance you mean account balance. I submitted 3 months account statement with approximately 25K AED closing balance.

          • Christina Buenditso January 7, 2017 at 07:16

            how many days you apply?

          • Neha January 9, 2017 at 07:13

            @Christinia, I applied for only 5 days multi entry. I got 1 year multi entry visa in 3 working days.

            I have already given details below. Copy pasting again for your reference.

            Neha December 17, 2016 at 19:05

            I had applied for visa through Netherlands for 5 days on 28th Nov and got my visa on 4th dec for 1 year. My husband applied on 6th Nov and he got 5 year visa. We are really happy. Just wanted to tell that if the documents are good and you show proper salary crediting every month and you have a travel history then you will get visa.

          • ali March 15, 2017 at 07:17

            Hy Neha
            i were submit my visa application for Netherlands for 7 days visa. on 7th march 2017 and upto today its no reply from consulate,
            i submitted last 6 months bank account statmenent my salary credited into my Account on each 4th of month. and my closing balance is 27K and my salary is 900 aed. kindly give me the reply

          • ali March 19, 2017 at 11:16

            sorry my salary is 9,500 aed

  • Reply Mohammad Kalam December 20, 2016 at 16:25

    Hello EveryOne! Hope all is well! I’m Bangladeshi guy
    living in the Belarus for study purpose, Can any one tell
    me? why my schengen visa taking so long time to be
    approved ? i have submitted my application at poland VFS
    visa center in Minsk, Belarus on 7th December. my planing
    of trip is for 6 days only. i have bought up 2 ways train
    ticket. on 23 December night my train to Warsaw city from
    Minsk. sadly its 20 December today still i have not know
    anything from embassy i have keep tracking my
    application by online its only showing that “your passport
    at the poland embassy since the day you have submitted”.
    can any one tell me why it talking longer times ? its
    stressing me up i have submitted a paid hotel voucher and
    showed nearly 5000$ bank statements and I’m having 1
    year of residence permit in Belarus

    • Reply ali March 19, 2017 at 11:13

      sorry its 9,500

  • Reply Rahul December 19, 2016 at 06:34

    Hi..I got my Schengen visa from Germany (through VFS Dubai) within 2 working days. I am travelling alone and had applied for the first time.
    Let me know if you guys have any queries.

    • Reply Basil December 19, 2016 at 23:39

      How much is ur salary bro and what is ur designation?

    • Reply Basil December 19, 2016 at 23:47

      Only in 2 days ? Wow you are very lucky guy. How much money you showed in your bank account? Please tell us the details.thanks

      • Reply Rahul December 21, 2016 at 12:27

        It is important to have all documents in order. My designation is training officer. I was maintaining just 15000 AED in my Dubai bank account for the past 3 months. The most important thing is to have complete documentation so that they know you will return to UAE.

        • Reply Christina Buenditso December 29, 2016 at 09:10

          What documents did you prepare ?

          • Rahul December 29, 2016 at 18:07

            All the documents mentioned in the checklist at VFS website. Tickets, Hotel Booking, Day Wise Itinerary, Travel Insurance, Employer NOC, 3 Months Bank statement, 3 Months Salary Certificate, Passport Copy, Visa Copy, Emirates ID copy and of course the application form.

    • Reply Tania January 1, 2017 at 23:33

      Hi Rahul,

      In the application form, for the part where it says family details of EU/EEA or CH citizens and name of inviting organization, what did you put for those?

      • Reply Rahul January 5, 2017 at 12:43

        Hi Tania,

        As I don’t have family in EU, I left the fields of family details and inviting organization blank as it was not applicable for me. It is only applicable if you have immediate family in EU and they are providing you an invitation letter. Instead, I entered the hotel name and address in the field for Inviting Person/Hotel/Temporary Accommodation.

        • Reply Tania February 1, 2017 at 17:47

          Hi Rahul,

          Thanks for your reply. What does a trade license mean? I had all my other documents except this document. The lady at CKGS still accepted my application. Should I be worried? 🙁

          • MEM March 8, 2017 at 12:50

            Hi! Did you receive your visa already? Did they asked for trade license eventhough you didnt submit?

          • ching April 13, 2017 at 06:11

            Hi, did they approve your visa?

          • ching April 13, 2017 at 06:12

            hi Tania, did they approve your visa in CKGS since I am also applying without a trade license.

    • Reply Len January 3, 2017 at 21:45

      Hi we submitted last dec 29 and when i checked online it is under processing in german consulate? How long do you think they will release our passport? Thank you

      • Reply Rahul January 5, 2017 at 12:44

        Hi Len,

        Average processing time for visa is 2 weeks. If you are lucky, you could get it earlier. You will get an SMS once the visa is processed.

        • Reply janette March 6, 2017 at 10:20

          hi,..the invitation letter it should be authenticated? is it possible if my friend will apply a visa for me in germany ?

      • Reply Sky January 5, 2017 at 13:47

        I applied dec 28 for german schengen visa, but its been 5 working days now i still havn’t received my passport. How about you? Any update?

    • Reply Basil January 4, 2017 at 22:10

      Bro can you tell me your salary,designation and bank balance you showed?

    • Reply Faraz January 13, 2017 at 02:55

      Hi bro even I am planning to fly Paris from dubai and it’s first time.. may I know the procedures how did you go through. Is it like we have to go for shengan visa and I am flying for a week.

    • Reply zel January 23, 2017 at 13:17

      just want to asked is it necessary that 3 months bank account should have some money in the account?

  • Reply abdulmohsin December 18, 2016 at 12:42

    hi how are you sir i ned to visa schengen plz contact me 0568015209

  • Reply Neha December 17, 2016 at 19:05

    I had applied for visa through Netherlands for 5 days on 28th Nov and got my visa on 4th dec for 1 year. My husband applied on 6th Nov and he got 5 year visa. We are really happy. Just wanted to tell that if the documents are good and you show proper salary crediting every month and you have a travel history then you will get visa.

    • Reply Abdul February 27, 2017 at 02:45

      Is it tourist visa???

    • Reply Abdul February 27, 2017 at 03:05

      I applied fot france tourist visa. I got my passport in 10 days.

  • Reply Anonymous December 13, 2016 at 01:07

    How much is needed for the bank statement?

    • Reply Neha December 15, 2016 at 07:21

      HSBC doesnt charge anything but few banks do. So, it depends on where you are banking? check with the bank directly.

  • Reply Fahad al Amoudi December 9, 2016 at 09:08

    Hi my name is fahad I have Indian passporth with past travel history I have been to Azerbaijan twice and Saudi Arabia for two years and working in dubai in a insurance firm awith good salary and I have applied for the Netherlands visa for 9 days and I have only booked 9 days in same hotel in Amsterdam as I have no intentions to go to any other shengen countries whatsoever as of now I applied on 4 th December 2016 and I got a mail stating my processed application is sent by courier as i have opted for courier service and I just got nail in 4 working days as my colleuge got visa in 10wworking says so I think it can be a refusal however in vfs website they have mentioned if visa is issued courier case will send to the given address and non courier has to collect it from.vfs and if it’s rejected it will has to be collected at vfs do we get rejection and send by courier? As three days being long weekends I am very curious

    • Reply Anonymous December 12, 2016 at 13:17

      did you get the visa?

  • Reply Maria November 30, 2016 at 21:54

    Hello guys, I applied for schengen via france on nov23 morning, then I got a phone interview the next morning of nov24 around 11am from the french consulate, then at 4:40pm that same day my passport was ready for collection. when I got at the VAC to collect my passport I had to sign an oath to confirm that I will attend my appointment at the french consul as soon as I get back from Europe. (just sharing) I booked a ticket from emirates which is expensive because it is free of charge when yo cancel it, do you guys think the consulate will monitor my flight reservation? i want to buy a cheaper ticket.

    • Reply Adnan May 20, 2017 at 17:07

      Hi Maria can y pls confirm have they informeded you at the time of collecting the passport or they called you for before for the same

  • Reply Anonymous November 29, 2016 at 18:44

    Any one applied from czech republic recently?

  • Reply Celeste November 25, 2016 at 10:29

    I need an advice my husband send money to my account is it ok it will be problem in my bank statement

  • Reply Atari November 23, 2016 at 16:56

    Hi my Schengen visa will expired by 23/12/16 and I’m traveling to Hungary by 26/11/16, is it ok and I can inter the country without problems

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" November 24, 2016 at 04:23

      yes, just make sure you are out of the schengen zone by dec 23 (on or before).

    • Reply Anonymous November 24, 2016 at 11:31

      Your visa is valid until December 23, 2016 so you won’t have any problems. Just make sure you do not exceed the allowed duration of stay.

  • Reply wali Muhammad November 23, 2016 at 16:16

    Hi I’m Pakistani national and with residence dubai partner visa….send me details via email

  • Reply ray November 22, 2016 at 20:13

    Hi All

    My visa rejected from Italian embassy due to hotel and flight booking not confirmed however any action need to take it or this is the final decision .
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  • Reply PAris November 22, 2016 at 15:26

    Hi All, I just applied for Schengen visa for Greece.. I got my passport with visa stamp after 5 working days. To GOD be the glory!

  • Reply Islam November 21, 2016 at 14:02

    16 November Me and my father apply Hungary visa in Abu Dhabi Vfs. father visa profession Mosque Imam since 19 years. we apply  15 days visa and booked 1 hotel in Budapest city for 15 days. And our bank closing balance is 44 thousand. Also, we provide Ticket. insurance, Noc, and all other documents. please tell me 1 hotel for 15 is any problem for getting a visa?

    • Reply Anonymous November 22, 2016 at 06:46

      If you have submitted already then there is nothing to worry about as you cannot make any changes but in my own opinion,it is better to book more than one hotel as you are believed to be a tourist so you should be going around to see tourist attractions. I would prefer 2-3 different hotels in different cities for a period of 15days. My opinion though as thats what i do for all my scheghen visas

      • Reply Anonymous November 23, 2016 at 09:34

        tnx for your reply.
        I hope insha Allah they will grant our visa.Now 7 working days they are not call us if they take interview then what we tell him for this situation

      • Reply islam November 28, 2016 at 15:12

        our visa is refused today from Hungary they Mark 2 and 8 number reason at refusal letter.

    • Reply Carol November 22, 2016 at 12:33

      I applied Schengen Visa for Germany for 15 days, last Nov.8 after 7 working days, i got my visa YAY!!! Thanks for the tips, good luck to everyone..Nice blog anyway 🙂

      • Reply Celeste November 23, 2016 at 10:57

        May i know how much needed in bank statement im planning to apply france next month

  • Reply Sheikhoo November 21, 2016 at 09:39

    Hi everyone,
    I applied for Czech Republic Tourist Visa on 7-Nov-2016 here in muscat, oman. I submitted all my documents on 7-Nov-2016, Though Czech doesn’t have any embassy in oman, VFS Global sent my documents to Czech Embassy Riyadh.
    I emailed twice to VFS regarding my visa application, but i’m still waiting for that.
    whenever i email VFS Global, Their reply is they have sent my application. My Travel date is 1-Dec-2016, its just few days away and my passport and documents are with embassy. will they send it back before 1-Dec-2016.
    What do you people think? is it good or bad????

    • Reply Anonymous December 8, 2016 at 12:33

      did you get the visa?

  • Reply MUHAMMAD WAQAS November 18, 2016 at 00:22

    Hi everyone I want to apply for Schengen visa I am working as a Accountant General and my salary is 6k can I apply. How much closing balance is required.
    If I can pls advice me in which country I should apply.
    Should I apply as a tourist. Pls guide me it will a great virtue of your thanks

    Best regard

    • Reply Carol November 21, 2016 at 12:53

      I applied Schengen Visa for Germany, I got my stamped passport after 7 working days. Im so happy… Thanks for the tips big help for me! Good luck to everyone!!!

  • Reply jhoan November 16, 2016 at 07:20

    hi! my untie is inviting me to visit them on june 2017 in norway because his son will get marry. is there anyone can answer if is there any minimum amount of funds in bank statement or credit card needed? or anyone with same situation like this? but they will send me invitation letter that i will stay in there house. thanks in advance

  • Reply Basil November 15, 2016 at 22:36

    Hi Everyone! I applied for Uk family visit visa on 6th of November. My sister living in Uk and i am going to visit her and her family. Today my sister received call from Immigration and they were doing verification about me. Hope soon i will get my passport back with stamped visa. Pray for me guys.

  • Reply Celeste November 15, 2016 at 19:05

    Any advice pls if i want to travel on march to greece when i can apply for schengen visa

    • Reply Basil November 16, 2016 at 01:59

      Bro you should have to apply before 5th of February 2017. Good Luck

  • Reply Mina November 14, 2016 at 14:24

    Hi, I m living in uae.i applied 2nd time schengen visa before Italy now for Sweden.after 3 days they called me to collect passport even I requested for post to my postal adress.they r telling I have to fill form nd sign for something even they r not telling the status.i live far from dubai.can u tell me is it happenen?i don’t know I rejected or accepted

    • Reply Basil November 16, 2016 at 02:06

      Bro hope u are in the luckiest people those who getting response within 3 days and percentage wise 9% processing time. Hope for the Best. About carrier you should have to fill the Aramex delivery form at the time submittion counter. Sorry bro now u should have Visit visa processing center. Best wishes for u.

    • Reply Wisdom December 5, 2016 at 07:29

      Hello MINA

      I hope you finally got your Sweden visa and did you get Italy visa before?

      All the best

  • Reply Sheikhoo November 14, 2016 at 12:27

    I Applied for Czech Republic Visa on 7th Nov 2016 , Its been almost eight days, still waiting for their response.
    i emailed VFS Global regarding the progress on 3rd day after submission.
    They replied that my application with reference XXXX/XXXX/XXX/XX is under process with Embassy of Czech Republic & it takes approx. 15 days for processing.
    But whenever i TRACK APPLICATION ONLINE, it says Application is under process at visa application center, please contact visa application center for more details.
    So my question is that, their email reply was its under process with Embassy of Czech Republic but when i track online it says its under process at visa application center.
    Can anyone help me and let me understand what does it mean?

    • Reply MOHAN November 20, 2016 at 09:18

      Hi, were you able to get your visa already?

  • Reply Basil November 12, 2016 at 00:43

    Dear guys i applied for UK visit visa now waiting for my passport with stamped visa. Pray for me.

    • Reply Dawn November 17, 2016 at 15:19

      How long it will take for the whole process

    • Reply Anonymous March 15, 2017 at 07:02

      Did you get it

  • Reply airam November 7, 2016 at 16:36

    would there be a chance for me to get a longer tourist visa to france coz ill be applying for the 2nd time. i applied last january 2016 and they gave me 30day visa.. pls reply.

  • Reply Hemanta gurung October 31, 2016 at 16:46

    I want visit visa for Germany. what is the procedure……

  • Reply Ahmed surajudeen. o October 29, 2016 at 14:01

    Hi, how many thousands of dihrams must I have in my account that will suitable for 3 weeks in Germany. Thanks looking forward for the reply.

  • Reply Aquaboy October 28, 2016 at 09:23

    Hi I applied for germany visa last Oct 4th and unfortunately got denied after 7 days. Saying i do not have sufficient funds to stay in the member state. I got 24K bal in my bank account and I applied for only 12 days. I tried to appeal but they said it would take 3 months to revisit my appeal. Now im planning to apply again in Czech Rep. planning to travel by Dec for only 6 days this time. Do you think I’ll have better chance this time?

    • Reply tim October 30, 2016 at 07:19

      hey i shown them 11o0o and i am visiting Germany for 4 days…
      i dont think this can be any reason.

    • Reply Basil November 12, 2016 at 00:48

      U should have to appeal about their decision go head please because if you will not apeal about ur case then in future they will refuse everyone visa request easily. Go and challenge you showed enough balance and they refused ur visa on stupid reason. Don’t accept fight for ur rights. Good luck

  • Reply Rukmani shrivastava October 28, 2016 at 07:30

    Could anyone help me clarifying that can I submit online bank statement or it has to be stamped ,
    Because it’s not mention Inn checklist of Swiss visa is ( & my bank charges AED 100 for stamping )

    Please someone reply

    • Reply Neha October 29, 2016 at 17:15

      You need to have original bank statement which is paper bank statement or stamped bank statement. Bank statement with stamp is not accepted.

      • Reply Neha October 29, 2016 at 17:17

        Correction- bank statement without stamp is not acceptable.

        • Reply Rukmani Shrivastava November 12, 2016 at 05:05

          Dear Neha,
          thanks for your kind response, but i have allready applied for it with online bank statement & today i have got SMS to

          A decision on your Visa application reference number, SWDB/____/___/_ has been made byEmbassy of Swiss, Abu Dhabi Your application has been received at the Swiss Visa Application Centre and is ready for collection.

          • Neha November 12, 2016 at 17:11

            Did you get your visa Rukmani?

  • Reply christian medina October 27, 2016 at 02:14

    Hi good day ok lng po ba mag tour sa london habang vacation ka sa work m sa dubai ? Thank you

    • Reply Anonymous November 10, 2016 at 05:25

      Thank You Neha , But i have already applied with online bank statement, & have got message so i am going to recieve it today.
      hopefully i will get it.

  • Reply SMS October 24, 2016 at 08:06


    I applied my Belgium Schengen visa sep 28 2016 at Abu Dhabi BEL embassy with required all documents as mentioned in this blog. Still the visa status showing ‘Under Progress’ . It nearly one month completing after submit my visa application, any one can advise why its taking long time as I already having Schengen visa (issued by Germany embassy) which was expired.

    • Reply Ahmed surajudeen. o October 29, 2016 at 14:09

      Hi, pls like how many thousands of dihrams can I have in my account for 2 to 3 weeks in 2 schengen country, precisely Germany nd Belgium.

  • Reply Salman October 21, 2016 at 20:17

    Hi dear everyone, can you help me in applying for a visa to Germany Schengen Visa.

    I am Pakistani national, want to along with wife and Kid who is six m0nths old. We all have UAE residence visa. My designation on visa is Training Manger, I vist GCC frequently. Is there any salary limit ? do they consider loan and cards also ? Please advise me


    • Reply tim October 23, 2016 at 13:05

      i got my visa today… i had small loan on books..
      i shown 15k in my account.. and 9000 is my salary..
      as long as you give good documents.. they will never refuse…
      attach all the documents which proves that u will come back to dubai.
      for example, DEWA, DU etc…
      as you are married, give all good and valid documents.. u may get 6 month multi entry…

    • Reply mona April 5, 2017 at 16:54

      hi. did you get your schengen visa for Germany?

  • Reply Sabir ahamed October 16, 2016 at 18:09

    Hello can anyone has the Netherlands visa application copy filled one for reference please it is possible to send to my email sabirmpt@yahoo.com

  • Reply tim October 16, 2016 at 06:51


    i applied for germany visa last week. the application is still under process..
    i will be visiting for 4 days, and i gave them closing balance of 15000 plus 2 credit cards.
    but after the application, i had to withdraw the money coz of urgent expenses.
    will it impact the application in anyway ?

  • Reply Donny October 12, 2016 at 19:27

    How long does it take to get the visa. I applied on 29 through CZ Rep. Planed date of travel after four days still no answer.?

    • Reply nitin October 13, 2016 at 08:27

      Really ???
      i thought people are getting it in 2 days…
      even i applied yesterday and today morning 8.. i got msg saying its in process

      that girl on counter told me… u will get in 3 days no problem…

      • Reply DONNY October 13, 2016 at 10:34

        I applied with two days after my friend. She arelady got within 1 week. Not so for me

        • Reply tim October 17, 2016 at 07:53

          you got the visa ???

        • Reply Staley October 25, 2016 at 07:50

          Hi Donny,

          What happen to your CZ Visa Application?

          Hoping to hear from you soon!

  • Reply Babsie ho October 10, 2016 at 13:46

    Hi does anyone here applied for czech visa at the beggining of this month? We applied just on the 3rd and we already got text message today that our passport is ready for collection. We were told that it might take up to 15 days and its been only 5 days. Has anyone here had the same experience. Its too fast im i dont think its a good sign. Advise please

    • Reply nitin October 11, 2016 at 09:01

      hiii… can u confirm me your status ??
      you got the visa or no ??

      • Reply EISEK October 11, 2016 at 16:08

        I got the visa in just 2 days =)

    • Reply EISEK October 11, 2016 at 13:39

      Hi there Babsie. I applied for Schengen Visa to Spain last October 04, 2016 (Tuesday). I was informed that it will reach Spain Embassy on October 05 (next day). I was also informed before i left VFS in Wafi that it will take 15-21 days for visa processing. However, October 06 (Thursday) afternoon i received a call from VFS that my passport is ready for collection.. i got my schengen visa stamped on passport =)

      • Reply MUHAMMAD WAQAS November 17, 2016 at 23:39

        Sir when u apply for visa is it tourist visa and how much closing balance in your account and last what was your profession on visa

      • Reply Liezl February 15, 2017 at 20:39

        Hi eisik, how are you?.. I was planning to visit in spain soon.. I would like to ask you is it fine the atm salary since I don’t have personal bank account.. And how much should be for showing money?..

  • Reply zappelin September 22, 2016 at 12:55

    Like everybody else here I was quite anxious and worried during my research on getting a schengen visa. I had come across numerous posts over this blog (many thanks to the author for providing a helpful platform for all beginners like me) and would like to share my experience on getting a schengen visa to Italy which might be helpful to others. For a little background , I am settled in Dubai for almost 4 years and working with current employer since Dec, 2015. I along with my wife (a housewife) wish to explore Italy, we thought of sticking to a single state as this is our first visit to Europe.
    We both received our visa on the 4th working day after submitting our applications.

    I had applied for the visa at Cox & Kings, Dubai with the below mentioned cover letter along with the list of documents.

    Embassy Details
    Dear Sir/ Madam,

    Re: Application for a Schengen Visa to travel to Italy

    I, (Name) holder of (Nationality) Passport No. along with my wife (Name), holder of (Nationality) Passport No. intend to travel to Italy for a short holiday between ‘From Date’ to ‘To Date’ and would therefore like to obtain Schengen Visa for ourselves.
    Our purpose of travel is to visit most popular and major tourist attractions in Italy. Planned day wise itinerary is attached with this letter.
    I will bear all my travel expenses including my wife’s expenses. I am booking our flights and hotels myself. I have attached copies of my documents along with this letter as per the requirements for Schengen Visa on Cox & Kings global services website:
    Please find enclosed the following documents to support our visa applications,

    1. Fully completed and duly signed application form
    2. 1 passport size color photographer as per visa spec
    3. Original and copy of passport
    4. Photocopy of UAE residence visa
    5. No Objection Certificate from employer
    6. Employment Labor Contract from employer
    7. Trade license copy of the employer
    8. Last 3 months bank statements
    9. copies of confirmed hotel bookings (I used Booking. Com)
    10. Copy of travel insurance medical policy
    11.Copy of flight booking (I got a airline reservation from Travel Agent)
    12. Salary slips stamped by employer
    13. Copy of tenancy contract with landlord
    14. Marriage certificate as a proof of civil status

    Trust you will that everything is in order, but please feel free to contact me should you need any additional details or documents.
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Your Sincerely ,

    Tips for a strong application:
    1. Make sure you have sufficient closing balance on your bank statements, additionally, would work in one’s favor if its floating through the entire period
    2. Make sure travel dates are synchronized in all the documents
    3. A detailed day wise itinerary of visiting places would add more weight to your application, though non mandatory
    4. To be on a safer side apply at least in a month advance of your intended travel date

    All the best.

    • Reply Chie October 16, 2016 at 13:17

      May I know the name of the travel agent where you got an airline reservation?
      In addition which travel insurance did you got your medical policy ?

    • Reply Sabir ahamed October 16, 2016 at 18:17

      Do I have to provide covering letter with employer letter ? Am traveling with my friend and I have got my appointment on 31 October

    • Reply Sabir ahamed October 16, 2016 at 18:18

      Do I have to provide covering letter and employer letter ? Am traveling with my friend and I have got my appointment on 31 October

    • Reply John November 7, 2016 at 08:18

      I applied for an Italian Schengen visa today and our flight is on November 14.. I hope it gets approved in time.. Fingers crossed.

    • Reply Mem March 19, 2017 at 02:56

      Hi Zappelin, ur 4 working days includes fridays and saturday?

  • Reply Patricia September 20, 2016 at 13:52

    HI Everyone,

    I have applied to Greece VFS last Sept. 5,2016.Counting from that, it has been 15days today (Sept.20) , still waiting for my visa.

    My travel will be next week Oct. 1- I am hoping that I will get the visa before my travel date.

    Before, October 2014 – I applied my SChengen Visa in Germany. They told me 15-21 days processing BUT I got my schengen visa within 7days/1 week including Friday & Saturday, and it was my first time to apply.

    NOW, I am really wondering , what takes so much time, with Greece Embassy or Consulate for visa application.

    I hope I will be approved as my tickets were confirmed and non-refundable which same as I did the first time i applied in Germany-schengen visa.

    • Reply Patricia September 25, 2016 at 06:36

      I received a call from Greece Embassy Abu Dhabi, (male).he called after office hours of Greece embassy and asked questions about my visa application.
      He asked how come I will be able to save such money on my account, why did I apply for 30days where others applied for 15days only, and my previous schengen visa was 17days. They wonder how I am able to travel to Europe on a small salary scale or how did I save money, he said others has different purpose of traveling to Greece,and when I said I have traveled to Other countries, he asked if the company allows it,…and after, he said, he will discuss with the deciding officer and will give me back with an answer.

      To be honest here, I am losing hope already…my flight is this Oct. 1- I have this week to wait. I hope they will release so I can decide where else to go if not granted or rebook my ticket if not approve for the applied days.

      • Reply John September 25, 2016 at 09:13

        Hi patricia,

        That is not a good sign.

        I hope you dont mind me asking, how much is your salary and how much is the available balance when you submitted your bank statement? You dont have to be exact, i am just wondering what would their basis in asking this type of questions.

        I hope they approve your visa as soon as possible.

        Thank you

      • Reply Anonymous September 30, 2016 at 00:55

        Any luck with visa. Mine has not come till now. It’s 15 calendar days.

  • Reply alaster September 20, 2016 at 04:58

    are they looking for the Emirates ID for Expats?

    • Reply Anonymous November 6, 2016 at 10:56

      I applied for visa in Sweden today. They don’t look for Emirates ID during application, but once you collect your passport, you need to show Emirates ID.

  • Reply Neha September 14, 2016 at 11:38

    I have applied for Greece visa today along with my husband. I have given hotel booking for only Athens. Is that a problem? my travel date is 14th October, 2016. I hope i get visa before that.

    • Reply Patricia September 17, 2016 at 17:41

      @ NEHA,
      Hi I applied for Greece last Sept. 05, 2016 .. I am still waiting for visa, I hope I can get it this week or before my travel which is Oct. 1.

      • Reply John September 21, 2016 at 13:36

        Hi Patricia,

        I am just wondering if you have received your visa yet? We and my wife are going to apply for Greece visa but due to my wife’s company restrictions, her passport can only be released 1 week prior to our travel date on 2nd week of November.

        • Reply Patricia September 22, 2016 at 13:44

          @ JOHN,

          Still I DID NOT receive my Greece-Schengen Visa since I submitted last Sept. 05, 2016.

          Now its already Sept. 22, 2016…and my travel date will be Oct. 1, 2016

          I hope they will see my travel dates, if they need documents they should call, or email.I am really exhausted and tired thinking of this and knowing that I have a Schengen Visa before and other visas…

          I don’t know NOW, what else is needed…..

      • Reply Christina Buenditso December 7, 2016 at 13:33

        Hi Patricia,

        You got your visa before your flight?

    • Reply Neha October 4, 2016 at 10:22

      I got my VISA today. 30 day single entry.

  • Reply Kier September 2, 2016 at 17:00

    Hi i would to ask some information.. my cousin in germany shes planning to invite me there and i am here in dubai and i need your advise if where do i go first and i would like to ask how much the visa… .. the visa must be process here or in germany thanks..sorry poor english

    • Reply Anonymous September 19, 2016 at 14:00

      Patricia, I am worried after hearing this. Need to do all the bookings as well otherwise prices will go up. I have done cancellable booking only for Athens.

      • Reply Patricia September 22, 2016 at 13:37

        @ ANONYMOUS
        I still did not receive my Visa… since Spet. 05,2016 application..now its Spet. 22 already////

        • Reply stanley October 19, 2016 at 09:13

          Hi Ms. Patricia,

          what happen to your Schengen Visa to greece?

    • Reply Anonymous September 21, 2016 at 06:05

      Patricia, did you get your visa till now?

      • Reply Patricia September 22, 2016 at 13:39

        @ ANONYMOUS..

        I still did not get my Visa from my Visa application last Sept. 05, 2016..

        Today is already Sept. 22, and my flight is October 01, 2016— I don’t know NOW really if they’re seeing my travel dates or not….

  • Reply Omar August 29, 2016 at 21:31

    I want to go on Eid holidays with my girl friend n Europe so plz advise me

  • Reply Xandee August 29, 2016 at 18:54

    Hi Everyone! I badly need some assistance. I am a tourist in Dubai now and I want to visit my friend in Sweden. I’ll apply for Schengen visa, my friend will cater all my expenses. Do i need to have a bank statement? And Do i need to booked a flight already to put in the application form? Thank you in advance for replying. please if you have whats app might pm me plsss +971544241556

    • Reply Anonymous October 27, 2016 at 14:11

      In order to apply for Schengen you should have UAE resident visa

  • Reply Jane August 23, 2016 at 08:53

    Does anyone applied for Greece visa this month?

    • Reply Patricia September 14, 2016 at 21:51


      hi Jane… did u get your visa?..

      I applied September 5….at VFS for Greece…
      due to Eid holidays..it might be delayed..

      i hope to receive it as my departure date will be 1st October.

      let me know about your visa…

      • Reply Ryn September 20, 2016 at 18:02

        Just came from Greece last month and it was a beautiful country..enjoy

        • Reply Patricia September 22, 2016 at 13:34

          @ RYN —

          wow…..but still I didnt get my visa….

    • Reply Patricia September 15, 2016 at 08:11

      @JANE – Greece Visa Application

      Hi Jane…. did you get your visa?

      I applied last Sept. 05, 2016- due it Eid, it might get delayed.

      • Reply tim October 19, 2016 at 06:38

        hellow patricia

        you got ur visa in the end ???

  • Reply Jane August 23, 2016 at 08:53

    Does anyone applied Greece visa this month?

  • Reply @bhi August 22, 2016 at 14:01

    Hi Everyone! Can you please share as how long does it currently take to receive the passport back from Greece embassy? Any recent experiences ….

    • Reply jane August 25, 2016 at 08:48

      It’s been 18 days now since we applied for visa and we haven’t got any feedback yet. Our travel date is next week already.
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      • Reply Kristine August 25, 2016 at 21:44

        Hi did someone applied for greece visa in abu dhabi? How long did it take for your visa to be released?

      • Reply @bhi August 26, 2016 at 22:21

        Ohh … Thats scary ….. we just submitted last week and have to travel elsewhere during the coming weekend and need the passports for the same ….. looks like its going to be a tough time ahead ……

      • Reply Anonymous September 10, 2016 at 06:02

        hi did you get your visa?

  • Reply Anonymous August 19, 2016 at 12:04

    Hi! Did anyone here experience of applying in VSF without an appointment? We’re planning to go to Greece on last week of September but the earliest date of appointments available is sept 19,2016. Can we go to VSF as walk ins?

    • Reply Sangeetha August 20, 2016 at 15:14

      Hi Even we are goin end of Sept and got dates for 15th of sept not sure how we can better the dates at 🙁

    • Reply Jane August 23, 2016 at 08:50

      Does anyone applied Greece visa this month?

    • Reply zia ur rehman August 24, 2016 at 09:09

      i want to ask any one i want to apply with italy tourist visa with my wife from dubai so need confirm ticket or dumy ticket please advise me
      thank you
      zia ur rehman

  • Reply Anonymous August 18, 2016 at 10:22

    got my schengen visa from german embassy after 4 days from application!✈️

    • Reply Glo belly August 27, 2016 at 14:44

      Hi anonymous at 10:22.
      Pls i am also applying for schengen visa for Germany. Kindly tell me how u went about it and how long it took please. contact me at: otasgloria@gmail.com. i will appreciate that alot.

  • Reply Destiny Faith August 14, 2016 at 15:32

    Finally, after 20 days of waiting… We got our visas now! Yepeee! 🙂

  • Reply pinky August 14, 2016 at 10:18

    Hi! I just want to ask… I am planning to visit italy on Last week of February.. is August a good time to apply for a schengen visa? How long is the schengen visa valid after approval..? Pls i need some tips from you

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" August 18, 2016 at 16:08

      August is WAY to early, if you’re planning for a trip in Feb. I dont think they will accept your application that early.

      As for the validity, it will depend on the Embassy. The minimum they can give you is the number of days you asked for in your application. Maximum can be as long as two years, with multiple entries granted. Just don’t expect the latter if it’s your first time to apply for a schengen visa (although I know of a couple of people who got one year visa on their first application).

      As for the tips, go down on the comments section as I’ve thrown some here and there. The unique thing that I know of when applying for schengen visa via Italian Embassy, is that they do ask for your employer’s trade license. other than that all documents are similar to other countries I guess.

  • Reply Geryl August 13, 2016 at 15:53

    hello. I just want to ask, if i got an invitation/sponsor from germany do i still need to present my bank account as a requirement or no need? I want to get a german tourist visa within the month of october. Thankyou. 🙂

    • Reply @bhi August 20, 2016 at 05:49

      Yes you need to. Invitation serves as proof of accommodation. If you have invitation letter you can use it as a proof of stay and hotel booking can be avoided.

  • Reply Destiny Faith August 11, 2016 at 22:37

    got I a message from VFS today, not sure if I am approve or not (I wasn’t able to pay for the curiour my so I had to pick up my passport). if someone can tell me what does the message mean (is it approve or not):

    “English:Processed visa application Ref No: DBCZ/260716/0010/02 is ready for collection at Czech Visa Application Centre Dubai between 09 am to 05pm. The Original receipt is required for collecting the Passport. An authorization letter will also be required by those collecting on behalf of the Passport holder.”

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" August 13, 2016 at 11:50

      you have to collect your passport from vfs. you will only know if it was approved or not once you have it. if it’s aporoved you’ll get your passport with visa sticker in it. if it’s not they’ll include a paper with details on why you got disapproved. best of luck

    • Reply HAROUKU August 13, 2016 at 14:34

      did u get the visa? I waa about to apply through czech rep as well but due to your post, i change my mind and tried with spain.

      • Reply destiny faith August 30, 2016 at 07:27

        Hi Harouku,

        Yes – we are approved! 🙂 however i really do not recommend Czech it took us 20 days for the approval, i know someone who got approved in less than a week in other countries like France , Netherlands. Due to the delay on the embassy approval, sadly we missed the promo flight tickets. 🙁
        And also, the embassy only gave us one multiple entry but only for 8 days! Multiple entry does not make any sense at all.
        But got a good news from Czech vfs that they will have the online appointment system very soon! In shallah!

  • Reply Harouku August 10, 2016 at 17:00

    hi. Is there anyone here who tried to apply for a schengen visa through vfs spain? Are they strict in giving visa? I have travel to EUROPE twice through Italy and France visa. I am just curious if Spain Embassy is giving visa with no hassles.

    • Reply Destiny Faith August 12, 2016 at 08:06

      @pinayflyhigh: please let enlighten on the below messege received from VFS.

      English:Processed visa application Ref No: DBCZ/260716/xxxx/xx is ready for collection at Czech Visa Application Centre Dubai between 09 am to 05pm. The Original receipt is required for collecting the Passport. An authorization letter will also be required by those collecting on behalf of the Passport holder.

    • Reply Destiny Faith August 12, 2016 at 08:09

      @haris: i know someone got rejected last 2 weeks ago in Spain. I guess they are quite strick. Then she applied in Netherlands and got approved.

      • Reply HAROUKU August 23, 2016 at 08:23

        Hi destiny faith. thanks for your reply. Luckily, I got the visa from Spain Embassy. They have given me a single entry 1 month visa only not like France and Italy who gave me multiple 6 months visa. Anyways, still thankful.

    • Reply Harouku September 18, 2016 at 12:07

      i have asked the same with the lady in vfs counter when i applied for spain visa. she confirmed that theres really a delay in processing schengen visa if applied through czech rep. anyways, í got my visa from spain embassy so no problem at all. thanks.

  • Reply TravelGuy August 9, 2016 at 18:32

    Hi, I have received Schengen Tourist Visa from Greek embassy, doha.
    Its a Single entry visa, Type-C , valid for – Schengen states, etc etc.
    Now, Can i go to Athens (get Passport-visa stamped), then fly to rome,italy (stay for 5 days), then come back to Athens (visit Greece 10 days), and Exit from Athens to doha…??

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 10, 2016 at 22:40

      Yes you can.

      • Reply Sabir Ahamed August 11, 2016 at 17:22

        Hello good evening to all I have a query about bank statement which is showing my bank loan is that a problem to get a netherlands tourist visa for 7 days and I have 7 thousand in my account is that enough to get single entry visa to netherlands? Can any one reply me please

    • Reply destiny faith August 30, 2016 at 07:17

      Wow, lucky you! Congrats! 🙂

  • Reply Asad Mehmood August 2, 2016 at 13:14

    Dear all,
    Can you give your feedback. I am here in uae more then 3 years.4 month back i joined new company.current company is paying me by cash salary.i deposit myself only this month into my account and same time i deposit 15000 aed also my self.5 month back i draw 50 thousands diram from my account for personal use.Current my balance is 20 thousands dirams in my account.is it ok to apply for schengen visa for 10 days my closing balance will be 20 thousands…….Please Advice

    • Reply Farooq Khan August 25, 2016 at 05:36

      yes asad go ahead with your application..its enough amount for 10 dayz..

  • Reply haris khan malik July 31, 2016 at 11:03

    Hi, Guys !!
    Thank God !!
    I have got SCHENGEN visa today for 10 days from Swiss Embassy.. Wishing all of you very best

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" August 1, 2016 at 10:53

      awesome! make a daytrip to annecy (france), it’s around 42km from geneva. have a good one man

    • Reply Mona August 1, 2016 at 11:42

      Congrats Haris! very happy for you. When did you apply?

  • Reply Ajmal July 28, 2016 at 19:27

    Hi I need hlep to answer my question I’m hare in dubai since 18 years I’m mep engineer but my visa is supervisor I have salary 7000 I have money in my account more then 300000 dirms I have my wife and my daughter we want to vist France some more countries cn I get the visa and what I have to do

  • Reply Wanderlust July 27, 2016 at 21:01

    Thanks God, we got our visa in Italy today. After 1 month of waiting.

  • Reply haris khan malik July 27, 2016 at 13:26

    Can anyone address my issue please ?????

  • Reply Wanderlust July 27, 2016 at 00:31

    still waiting for our visa in italy. We applied on june 30 and still we havent receive any update:

    • Reply leigh July 28, 2016 at 10:16

      Hmm.. thats strange. i applied italy visa and got after 7 days..

      • Reply Anonymous August 1, 2016 at 20:53

        congrats!!which country did u apply?thanks:)

    • Reply Simone July 31, 2016 at 11:04

      Same here, we applied for our visa in Italy on july 5, no feedback yet up to this time. My previous 2 schengen applications were released in less than 10 days.

  • Reply destiny faith July 26, 2016 at 22:42


    Would like to share our experience, we are group of 6 applying for Czech visa, at first i thought this country would be the easiest point of entry but i was wrong. Last Monday, we got there around 8:30am, and we were advised by vfs officer that we are on the no. 20 on the waiting list, meaning they have limited slots. They can only accommodate 30 applicants per day, so we had to come back and try our luck the next day. They informed us to come early in the morning like 5am and I told the officer “seriously??? 5 am???” so the next day we woke up around 4am and took a cab then found out that it’s true!!! there were lots of applicants waiting from the main entrance of the mall. The door opens at 6:45am so we had to wait from 5am to 6:45am outside, then the security opens the main entrance, everyone was running going to the VFS office. Good thing we are 6, we already have the plans how to get there fast and quick, some of us took the elevator and escalator hahaha. We got the slot no. 3, not bad though. hahahaha. Could you imagine that effort? lol :))))

    During the process of our application, I have some friendly advise:
    1. check the country you are applying for updates on the appointment system. Apparently, limited slots for Czech started last Jul 12 2016. We were advise that they will have the online booking starting tomorrow. But you have to send them email first then they will give you feedback on the confirmed date of your appointment.
    2. Requirements: it was smooth during the submission, you just have to make sure everything was stamped and all info on the itinerary and booking are the same esp. if you are traveling in a group.
    – Application Form
    – Passport size picture (took from VFS, only 25aed)
    – Original passport (original & photo copy)
    – UAE residence visa (photocopy)
    – Emirates ID (original & photocopy)
    – Salary Certificate (that mentions the date of employment, salary, designation and purpose of visit) – with stamped
    – NOC – with stamped
    – Payslips for the last 3 months (supporting docs only)
    – Bank statement (3 months) – UNB do not stamp their statements please insist to the bank officer that VFS will not accept any bank statements without stamp. My friend had the same problem with this bank.
    – Hotel bookings (choose bookings with cancellation – need to mention all the applicants names on the booking so that they know that you guys are staying together in one hostel, keep one copy for each applicant)
    – Travel Insurance (with stamped and make sure it covers the date of departure from Dubai)
    – Itinerary (if you are traveling in 2 or more Schengen areas)
    – Tenancy contract, dewa bill, previous visa stamps, driving license (for supporting documents only)
    – Dummy ticket ( had mine from Dnata travel, book a flight in emirates so that the booking reservations lasts until you get your visa approval, some airlines will only allow you to hold the booking for 24 hrs. Found out that Emirates cancels the reservation in 2 weeks which is better in case the embassy checks your ticket).

    Now we are waiting for the visa approval and hoping that all our effort pays off. 😀

    • Reply aiyah October 9, 2016 at 12:17


      how was your visa application on czech? are you all approved? were the same also that apying on group

  • Reply Ryn July 26, 2016 at 08:45

    Yay, got my visa too yesterday after 14 days thanks for ur great blog @pinayflyinghigh ☺

    • Reply mona July 26, 2016 at 11:12

      congratulations!!! 🙂 enjoy your vacation! which country did you apply for??

    • Reply Harouku August 10, 2016 at 14:29

      hi destiny faith.
      may i know if you already got the visa?

      • Reply Destiny Faith August 11, 2016 at 22:53

        hi Harouko,

        Message today from vfs:

        “English:Processed visa application Ref No: DBCZ/260716/Xxxx/xx is ready for collection at Czech Visa Application Centre Dubai between 09 am to 05pm. The Original receipt is required for collecting the Passport. An authorization letter will also be required by those collecting on behalf of the Passport holder. ”

        I was not able to avail the courier services, so I really need to go to pick my passport, Hoping for positive outcome. Did u apply for czech as well?

  • Reply Gayan July 24, 2016 at 22:21

    Hi..i just want to know about the applicant current position.im working as a steward and my salary basic 1200 with accomadation.i have bank balance 15000 AED.can i apply shengen visa for italy?.Thank you..

  • Reply Munir July 23, 2016 at 02:51

    Dear All I need your help! Me and my wife applied for US visit visa! Schedule an appointment was last year in December at Dubai, UAE! I changed the date 2/3 times because of my financial problem! Again we scheduled our appointment on 1st of August, 2016! Please suggest me, should I cancel or attend? If we will attend then we need bank balance! That may be I can arrange! But that problem is if they will reject then what will happen?

  • Reply Haris Khan Malik July 22, 2016 at 21:11

    I have been working in dubai since 5 years and working as sales manager since 8 months, i have applied for 9 days schengen visa (tourisst short stay) on 17 july 2016 including traveling days. my salary is 15000 and i have provided all the documents required by the swiss embassy, including bank statement stamped by the bank, showing 50000 AED closing balance. booked a hotel in geneva for 9 days, can i get the visa ? i have two areas of concern that my air ticket is just reserved and i did not actually pay for it. 2) i booked hotel in geneva for 9 days as i only wanted to visit geneva as i have only few days and geneva is a big city, i can take rest and explore geneva, i am afraid that swiss embassy might reject my visa as i have only one hotel booked ???? i will be so grateful if anybody can answer my questions.

    • Reply haris khan malik July 27, 2016 at 13:23

      can anyone answer my issue please ??????

      • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" July 27, 2016 at 14:40

        only the embassy can answer your question as it is their discretion. except for the fact that you only booked one hotel in one city, odds are there that you’ll get the visa.
        to increase your chances a little more, why don’t you just make reservations in, say geneva for the first 4days then zurich for another 4days and again geneva on the day before your flight date, via 3rd-party websites (ie hotels.com, booking.com). choose those with free cancellation, so when you get approved you can cancel it and stick with your 9-day geneva plan. I dunno, just saying.

        or if you want to be fully transparent and apply using a 9-day hotel reservation in geneva, include a day-to-day itinerary in your visa application: ie day1 arrival in geneva, check in hotel. day2 do this. day3 do that. day4 daytrip to this. etc. that way you’re making it clear to them that you have daily “touristy” plans for the 9 days that you are there.

        let us know how it turns out. good luck

        • Reply haris khan malik July 27, 2016 at 23:06

          Thanks for your advise, appreciate it. i did not know what you just said above, otherwise i would have done exactly what u told me. Anyways i received a call from swiss embassy today, the lady asked me some questions that what exactly i do here in dubai, why i am not going with my family, do i have family member working in dubai, do i have anybody there in swiss , why did i choose Switzerland why not any other country in Europe. but she did not asked me anything about hotel and 9 days trip in geneva. i have provided all the information honestly and pretty satisfying.. Hoping for the best and will definitely let you people know about the result.

        • Reply haris khan malik July 28, 2016 at 18:21

          I received a call from Swiss embassy Abu Dhabi from a lady and today i have received a msg that my passport has been arrived in VFS and decision has been made. Passport is ready to collect. So i am gonna go on Sunday to collect as Fridays & Saturdays are closed, hoping for the best.

    • Reply haris khan malik July 27, 2016 at 13:28

      can anyone address my issue plz ???????

  • Reply Wanderlust July 19, 2016 at 02:37

    Hi. How long will it usually take to have an Italian tourist visa? They said, 2 weeks only. We submitted ours last june 30 and until now we didnt receive yet our passports. Thank you.

    • Reply Mona July 21, 2016 at 07:27

      hi. did you get your visa? any update?

  • Reply fadi Awada July 13, 2016 at 13:20

    Yes I got it to greece. After 40 days!!! from submission!

  • Reply marianne sanz July 1, 2016 at 23:09

    hii, 🙂 i was searching on how to apply a greek visa last night and good thing i landed on your blog! thank you for this post it really helped me but i have a question if you dont mind, where did you get your travel medical insurance and how much is it

  • Reply Lanie June 27, 2016 at 21:30

    HI I just want to ask if there will be any problem like for my case, currently I am a waitress at a hotel. Presumably, you have the requirements completed. Would there be any chances I can get a schengen visa with my current position? Or do they rely on your working position before they could grant you the visa?

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" June 28, 2016 at 12:13

      Well your salary and the balance on your 3- or 6-month bank statement are deciding factors for the embassy. If you’re traveling for less than 10 days, and you have say 9k+ in your bank acct, go ahead and try applying.. who knows.. There are people who are earning 10k+ and still get refused. It’s totally the discretion of the embassy. Nobody can really answer that in here. From your end just make sure your documents are good and complete. And in that we can help.

  • Reply Hardik June 26, 2016 at 04:51

    Hello. I have applied for Greece visa on the 15th of June at the VS office. My travel date is 7th of July. I still haven’t received my visa and passport. What can be done. Do they give preference in issuing visa as per travel dates. Since all my bookings are done. Also is there any fast track for the visa processing. Whom can i contact for the same. I m a bit tensed if i dont get my visa on time. Plz someone suggest something.

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" June 26, 2016 at 11:14

      You should have applied earlier, because Greece processing time could extend up to 21 days as per the VFS website. But of course it could be shorter (7 days in the case of the blog owner). Also, since it’s Ramadan they have shorter working hours. VFS clerks usually put the travel dates in the envelope they submit to the embassies, I assume this is to arrange the applications accordingly. Track your application via the VFS website, using your receipt number. And try calling the Greek Embassy, but do this asap (they’ll be closed from 5 or 6 for Eid el Fitr)… who knows it might help.

      • Reply Anonymous June 27, 2016 at 11:54

        hello.please I need ur point of view. I want to apply for shengen visa France and I am working in UAE since almost 1 year .I am a sale associate and my salary is 2000 aed. 1 want to with only 9 000aed in my account it s possible for me to get visa for 10 days.thank u for u response

        • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" June 28, 2016 at 12:00

          I think it’s possible. My friend also has 9000aed in his bank acct (he’s earning 5k though) when he applied for France (last month), and he got a multiple-entry visa valid for one month (we will only travel for 11days). And it’s his first time to apply for a schengen visa by the way. Of course if you can secure more money in your account it’ll be better.

          Aside from the bank balance, the quality of the documents you submit will be important as well. Provide them a copy of the details of your trip complete with dates, daily activities (places/sites you’ll visit, check-in/out, etc), and logistical info like how you’ll go from point A to B (if you are going to multiple cities or doing daytrips). And make sure the dates of your flight and accommodations are in line with this itinerary. It will look to them that you have researched very well, which, in a way, is an addt’l proof that you have a genuine plan to visit their country.

          If you want to play it safe, book your accommodation via a 3rd-party website (hotels.com, booking.com, etc) and choose a hotel room with free cancellation. It’s accepted. Just make sure your printout mentions the name of the persons who are staying in the room, and it says “confirmed reservation” (or something similar).

          It will also help if the NOC from your company will be very detailed as well (with your name, passport number, position, salary, joining date, travel dates, etc) and is properly addressed to the embassy/consulate of the country you are applying to.

          Here’s another tip. In the application form, if the job position as per NOC and residence visa are different (it happens a lot), write them both and put CUM in between.
          Good luck

      • Reply Fadi July 4, 2016 at 02:59

        Hello, I applied for a Greek visa on the 29th of May and up until now I didnt get my visa or passport. My wedding is on the 20th of July and im tarveling on the 15th of july I donno what to do have all my bookings confirmed and paid! Please advise

  • Reply brenda arriesgado June 26, 2016 at 02:48

    hello there…im an ofw here in abudhabi ,almost 3yrs,and my employer are going to spain barcelona,they want to take me with them… is it possible for me to get visa and how… they planning to go this august

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" June 26, 2016 at 11:50

      Are you going for tourism purposes? Or is it a business trip? Either case you will need a schengen visa. Go to the Spain VFS website; all the info you will need is there (how to apply, list of requirements, fees, processing time, etc).

  • Reply Ankita Gupta June 12, 2016 at 18:59

    Do I need to take my kids age 6 and 8 when applying for Austria Visa to the VFS centre?

    • Reply Anonymous June 24, 2016 at 13:13


      • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" June 24, 2016 at 21:07

        No. What the agency will only do is to collect the documents for you. That’s it. You will still have to personally come to VFS for biometrics. So what’s the point.

        Go to the VFS France website, check the list of requirements and make sure you complete them.

        I always process my schengen visa by myself; the latest one was issued by France which I got in 4 days.

        • Reply shahazad July 12, 2016 at 16:27

          hello dear,
          Hope you will be fine.
          i have one question , please can you tell me , how much the required amount in the bank statement minimum , For Schengen visit visa for 7 days.
          your reply will be highly appreciated.
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      • Reply Cid June 24, 2016 at 21:32

        Hello you have to fill out the Application form and submit it personally to VFS office in Wafi Mall here is the link to download the application form http://www.vfsglobal-fr-ae.com/tourist_visaapplication.html

    • Reply MONA August 7, 2016 at 15:11

      hi Ankita. Did you get your visa to Austria. After how many days after submitting your application at VFS?

  • Reply Andrea June 1, 2016 at 14:15

    Hi, thank you for this helpful article!

    I plan on going to Europe by July. However, I am in India right now, so I was wondering if you know, if I can apply for a schengen visa in India ? Or do I have to go back to the Philippines? I’m a filipino citizen just traveling.

    Thank you!

  • Reply Nelle May 27, 2016 at 23:36

    Hello, i applied from vfs for a french visa and i was granted type c mult for 15 days.However, the letter FRA is shown after the word etat schengen. Would that mean that i will be allowed to visit france only and not the other schengen states? I’ve read some articles in the internet and it confuses me more. Can you please help?


  • Reply Cid May 23, 2016 at 21:58

    Hello Ms.Sid thanks for your reply. I think he had only Aed 5000 on his bank account.

    The hotel was booked on both our names,his visa is also valid until 2017 January.

    Well I think their reason was because his fund was not enough to support him. Please give me advice what should we do if we have to make an appeal or just re-apply for a new visa?

  • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" May 23, 2016 at 16:11

    Can I ask if your husband is working here in Dubai as well? And how much is in his 3-month bank statement (more or less), that you presented as supporting document? I’m asking because the reason of the refusal was due to the lack of “proof of sufficient means of subsistence”, which simply put is that the embassy think he can not support himself financially on this trip, based on the document you provided.

    Moreover, in my opinion, it will not matter to them that your husband was invited as well by your company because, well, he is not going to join you on the business training, right.. Categorically he will be there for tourism so an invite from a company will be irrelevant and will only confuse the embassy, that is why (I think) the agent didn’t include it.

    Lastly, just some points to think about..:
    -if your company will pay for the accommodation, it would have helped in your application that the hotel reservation was named to the two of you..
    -is his residence visa valid until 3 months after the trip?
    -check the reasons and sub-reasons on the refusal letter.. based on this analyze why you think they rejected it, then draft your letter of appeal that explains why you think they got it wrong.

    • Reply Cid June 13, 2016 at 12:09

      Hello i’d like to share that I got my Schengen visa approved but for my husband he was not able to obtain it. he will apply next year then!

      We realized that if you will apply as a tourist then your bank should have enough funds. Dont believe in what other people say that it is okay as long as you have salary that goes to your account every month. You should have at least sufficient money that could support you during your trip.

      Good luck on your applications!

  • Reply Cid May 23, 2016 at 13:07

    Hi everyone i want to share our experience in applying for a Schengen visa to visit germany.

    I am working for a German firm based in Dubai and i will be visiting Germany for a week of training. Our Headquarter has sent an invitation for me and my husband stating that they would like to invite us to visit the company. We submitted our application on 16th May thru VFS Wafi, My application under Business purpose and my husband being on Tourism. We presented all the relevant documents to the agent in VFS, but the agent did not include the invitation of my husband as supporting document, she just mention as a reference the hotel where we will be staying. Today 23rd May, I received the passport of my husband without the visa stamp and the reason of visa rejection was under ” point number 3. You have not provided proof of sufficient means of subsistence, for the duration of the intended stay or for the return to the country of origin or residence, or you are not in the position to acquire such means lawfully”. I am kinda confused how this happened?

    I am thinking that the confusion was because the consulate did not see that my husband will accompany me during my training nor they did not see that he was being invited by our Head Quarter. Any idea of how can i make an appeal to the consulate?

    appreciate any advice.

    • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" May 23, 2016 at 16:10

      Can I ask if your husband is working here in Dubai as well? And how much is in his 3-month bank statement (more or less), that you presented as supporting document? I’m asking because the reason of the refusal was due to the lack of “proof of sufficient means of subsistence”, which simply put is that the embassy think he can not support himself financially on this trip, based on the document you provided.

      Moreover, in my opinion, it will not matter to them that your husband was invited as well by your company because, well, he is not going to join you on the business training, right.. Categorically he will be there for tourism so an invite from a company will be irrelevant and will only confuse the embassy, that is why (I think) the agent didn’t include it.

      Lastly, just some points to think about..:
      -if your company will pay for the accommodation, it would have helped in your application that the hotel reservation was named to the two of you..
      -is his residence visa valid until 3 months after the trip?
      -check the reasons and sub-reasons on the refusal letter.. based on this analyze why you think they rejected it, then draft your letter of appeal that explains why you think they got it wrong.

  • Reply Celeste May 11, 2016 at 16:26

    3,700aed salary is it ok to apply? My husband working in kuwait kung papuntahin ko siya d2 sa dubai as tourist pwede siya mag apply d2 or kailangn sa kuwait siya mag apply

  • Reply 4real May 11, 2016 at 14:23

    Hello Ate Pinay Flyinghigh and to ALL the readers of this blog,
    First of all i would like to say na this is the most helpful blog para sa mga kababayan natin dito sa UAE na gusto mgapply ng schengen visa. I’ve been reading all the comments before I applied to VFS and super laking naitulong sakin. Kaya naman i promised my self na once I got the visa magppost agad ako ng comment para makatulong na din!!! HUEHUE

    Anyways, i applied Schengen visa at Austria, this is my first time to apply. I made a research and based sa mga requirements feeling k sa kanila pinaka madali at mabilis. (Pero im not sure, pedeng feeling ko lang un!!! HHAA) I applied May 3, and got my approved visa on May 11. (Note, may 5 is holiday, so parang less than 5 working days lang nakuha ko na). I’ve been in the UAE for 4 years now, pero sa current company ko 5 months palang ako. Alam k madami gusto mgtanong tungkol dun kc relevant dn ung sa pagaapply. Next day after ko mgpasa ng requirements i received an email na kailangan k ng personal appearnce or interview sa Austria Embassy Abu dhabi. Una nalungkot ako kc taga dubai ako then byahe abu dhabi ang LAYO!!! Pero its all worth it huehue, Mabilis lang interview at cool lang sila, halatang hinhuli lang nila if you are telling the truth or isa kang echoseraaa!! Basta dapat confident lang at complete lang natin requirements. Good luck sa lahat ng gusto mg apply 🙂

    Sorry tag-lish, para very pinoy!! HUEHUE 🙂 Thanks ulit ate Pinay!!! xx

    • Reply Siege June 1, 2016 at 17:20

      Hi there! I will also apply for Austrian Visa, and have appointment on June 5 at VFS Dubai. Kabado Mode on lang.. Pwede bang mlaman kung anong mga tinanong nila sayo sa Abu Dhabi?.
      Kailangan pa bang mag submit ng itinerary? may nabasa kasi ako sa bandang baba na comments na magsubmit daw ng itinerary (although wala sa requirements).

      To anyone who applied to Austrian Visa who can give tips, please give your opinions 🙂
      Thanks for all the help for all the comments, very helpful

      • Reply 4real June 13, 2016 at 10:02

        Hi Im sorry. Did u able to get a visa? have you gone through the interview as well?

      • Reply Madie J July 12, 2016 at 11:35

        hi. im planning to apply schengen visa to austria din. My sponsor is austrian national. and he will provide the accmodation and bank statement and tenancy agreement. the question is do i need to provide bank statement also even he’ll gonna shoulder all the expenses?

      • Reply mona July 13, 2016 at 07:36

        hi. I hope you got your Austrian Visa. After how many days of your submission of documents did you get it?

      • Reply MONA August 7, 2016 at 15:14

        Hi SIEGE AND 4REAL…. How many days did it take toy get your visas for Austria?

    • Reply Madiej November 28, 2016 at 08:41

      hi 4REAL, I just want to ask some question pwede ko ba mkuha ung email mo po? Austria din po ang plan ko puntahan. thanks and godbless

    • Reply Madiej March 7, 2017 at 11:44

      hi i just want to ask,what are the question during the interview in Embassy?

  • Reply Amy palencia May 10, 2016 at 21:59

    Hi im from phillipines but working here dubai i want to go europe for vacation wat i Will do

  • Reply Kevin May 8, 2016 at 15:46

    Hi All, I am sharing my experience in obtaining a Schengen visa. Like many of you, even I had tremendous amount of anxiety before the approval. I had done two months of research to ensure mine went through this time, after initial rejection to France.
    I am not sharing, as I am not aware of the reason for my initial application rejection in 2014 to France and what I missed the first time -but I realized a little more study could have helped me.
    So, there are very minor things which may affect our application approval/rejection similar to the major factors as well. From my experience, the most important factors the embassy considers are –
    – How long you are employed here (UAE) (Longer the better)
    – Are you employed with a good job (better the reputation of the company, easier)
    – How long you are going to stay in their country/Europe (shorter is always better for first timers)
    – Are you going to come back to UAE? (Letter stressing on this, will help)
    – And most importantly, do you have enough money to support you through the trip.
    First, VFS Global is only a third party who helps in securing and organizing applications. Even though their assistance will be good, it’s always good to do some extra research before you apply.

    I work for an insurance firm with decent reputation in the market and my salary is 15K. I was planning to travel with my wife and two kids. I got a good amount of bonus, roughly 26K in the month of March and that’s when I decided to apply. Honestly, my previous statements show zero balance, most of the months. So it doesn’t really matter to have an accumulated amount in your statement for last so many months two apply. I printed my statements as soon as I got my salary and bonus credited showing a good lump sum.
    I applied to Czech Republic for a 10 day visit as my port of entry and exit was Prague. I had also scheduled a side trip to nearby German cities, Dresden, Berlin and Munich (which I did not show in my itinerary).
    Another important thing is the documents you submit, I kept a copy of each and every document, including payslips for last 6 months along with each of kids applications as well. Its always good to be detailed and giving them an extra paper will reduce the chances of any sort of rejection. After all, you won’t get your money back if the application is rejected – so why to take a chance. My advice – submit everything, important or not!!
    So I submitted the following to be precise for my 10 day trip to Prague for 4 members with no deviation in travel.
    – Flight Tickets and Hotel Stay confirmation (Full trip)
    – Filled Application form – Its better you do it from VFS to ensure less correction.
    – Letter stating the purpose of trip – with a promise of my return to Dubai soon after specified date 
    – Bank statements (6 months) without showing my liabilities – stamped, Credit card statements with decent balance available.
    – Payslips of last 6 months.
    – Company letter with date of joining, designation and No Objection.
    – Travel Insurance covering entire trip including departure date and arrival date.
    – Passport copies, Emirates ID copies, Health Insurance card (I had an International cover plan) copies for all of us.
    – Full detailed itinerary – Daily basis details on what and where you are planning to visit – You don’t need to list out places you visit, just ensure to mention nearby cities, day trips etc and dates and means of transport.
    Applied to VFS on April 7th and got my visa of 15th April for the requested period. Couldn’t express my Joy.  

    My suggestions – Always ensure you book hotels which has free cancellation, flight which is refundable and not book any big bus tours or river cruise, train tickets till you get your visa. Make sure you don’t lose any money if the visa is rejected. The more details you give them, they feel the application is genuine and hence higher chances of getting approved. Having a family always increases the chances than applying as single (personal exp only  )

    Apologies If I have given any silly advice or missed out on anything. Take care and good luck all.

    • Reply hazel May 9, 2016 at 14:44

      congrats//i have just one question..are they doing the confirmation w/ the bank of the balance in your account, if it is still existing?

      • Reply Kevin May 10, 2016 at 15:48

        Hi Hazel, I dont really think its possible for anyone to check our bank account details which will remain confidential. I am sure, if they find the accounts not really convincing – might ask for additional details particularly or a comprehensive statement even.

  • Reply kim valerio May 7, 2016 at 12:01

    Great travel information from my kababayan. God bless all your trip.

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2016 at 13:55

    I have a 3 month schengen visa and will end up til june 11. I travelled to rome,paris and frankfurt entry of point was frankfurt. I just want to ask if i can travel to venice and barcelona by the visa i have. Thanks!

    • Reply Sid of 'When On Leave' May 1, 2016 at 14:57

      this is a little confusing.

      So your visa started from around march 12? and you have already traveled to the schengen zone since then? and you want to make a 2nd trip to europe, this time to venice and barcelona?? if this is what you mean, and provided your visa grants you multiple entry, then yes you can. just make sure that on or before june11 you are already out of the schengen zone.

      If what you mean is that you haven’t traveled yet to the schengen zone, and wants to add barcelona and venice to your itinerary (along with the 3 cities you mentioned), you can also do that. so long as you don’t exceed the duration of stay as stated in your visa.

  • Reply Lucy April 27, 2016 at 18:02

    This post helped a lot, but i still have few questions if you don’t mind!
    – if I can’t get bank statements, it can work with pay slips feom the company?
    – if i wanna travel in July, it is not too late to apply now for it? It May in few days!


    • Reply Sid of 'When On Leave' May 1, 2016 at 14:12

      -no, I dont think pay slip will suffice in lieu of bank statements.
      – you can apply for the visa up until 15 days before your departure date.

    • Reply maria May 11, 2016 at 14:29

      We applied on 19th April for travel on 15 July at VFS Global Dubai at Greece Counter. Still waiting in anticipation. Apply as soon as possible to avoid the stress.

      • Reply omer June 20, 2016 at 09:25

        Did you get the visa on time? when they returned your passport

  • Reply nelle April 24, 2016 at 10:58

    my visa is from abu dhabi but i stay in Ras Al Khaimah since our project is located there…where should I apply for schengen visa? in VSF Abu Dhabi or VSF Dubai?

    • Reply Sid of 'When On Leave' May 1, 2016 at 14:14

      you can apply wherever is convenient for you. VFS is just the agency that will collect and review your documents for visa application.

  • Reply lance April 20, 2016 at 21:21

    hello , confrimed flight tickets means kailangan kong mag buy n g ticket na? what if ma denied ako ?

    • Reply MAYK April 27, 2016 at 14:43

      Hi LANCE, you don’t need to buy the ticket….confirmed booking (which is dummy….ang lagi kong sina submit) lang ang kailangan.

      • Reply Anonymous May 5, 2016 at 11:55


        For hotel reservation/accommodation, did you submit a dummy one or a real one?


  • Reply Anonymous April 12, 2016 at 09:35

    Hi, Is it okay to apply shengen visa at the same time UK visa with the supporting documents from my sister. This my first time to apply for both visa.thanks a lot:)

    • Reply MAYK April 27, 2016 at 14:47

      Schengen Visa and UK Visa are different… if your sister is in one of the Schengen countries, you cannot use in UK Visa application.

  • Reply Chowdhury April 10, 2016 at 10:27

    Thanks for the great blog. Its very helpful. I just have question if you dont mind.
    I am student
    My visa is student
    i am now in uae
    but i don’t have bank account.
    i want to go Italy for 15 days
    My old is Now 18.
    but my father have bank account
    how to i apply Italy visa
    plz tell me

  • Reply Aileen Tulod March 30, 2016 at 13:52

    Hello ma’am /sir,
    Good day!
    My name is aileen. Im currently residing in abu dhabi for work but originally from phils. Just wanted to ask, im planning to visit a friend in germany for 15days and will stay at his place. Just for accommodation purposes, other expenses are mine. What are those requirements that he needs to provide for me to appeal for a visit visa? And atleast how much amount in a bank account does the embassy required me to have? Looking forward for your answers guys. I needed much more information about these things since it would be my first time. In advance, thank you for the help. 🙂

  • Reply ggggg March 29, 2016 at 07:49

    Your application has been processed and is in transit from the Consulate General of France,Dubai….what does it means.. i track my application and there is this statement
    pleaasee help

    • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 29, 2016 at 08:53

      It means from submission (VFS GLOBAL) centre they send your application to France Consulate, Dubai to process!

      • Reply Regine Dayaldas Nailga May 12, 2016 at 15:26

        Hi. I would like to ask. If they will text me your application is in transit from Consulate to the German Visa Application?


        • Reply Sid of "When on Leave" May 12, 2016 at 17:11

          That means the Consulate had made a decision and is sending your passport back to VFS. You will only know of the result (whether you got the visa or not) once you have collected your passport (from VFS).

  • Reply Mike March 15, 2016 at 22:39

    Hi, I applied for Spain tourist visa with documents, after 10 days got rejected said no clear purpose of visit and I might over stay
    I have adjust all my document and supported it with the above reasons with schedule of intirery and I put in my letter that my company will ensure that I will be back to work after week from the travel but I apply for Italy now
    You think I will get it ?

    • Reply ggggg March 16, 2016 at 08:58

      hi can i ask one thing.. they interviewed you or not.

      • Reply Mike March 16, 2016 at 10:35

        No they didn’t

        • Reply ggggg March 16, 2016 at 12:59

          and MIKE what about your salary and Bank Statement..is it sufficient… because i submitted my document last week they took interviewed on ph day before yesterday and not yet reply..even two weeks are finished…i am also worried

          • Mike March 16, 2016 at 17:14

            Salary 14.000 and bank statement is 6 month

    • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 29, 2016 at 08:58

      I dont think so! Because its linked to each other! You will be asked from Italian Embassy why you were rejected that is not clear to us. They will say, Spain recently rejected your application so that we can not give you visa. But see what will happen.

      Best of luck

  • Reply ggggg March 15, 2016 at 08:38

    hi nyc blog, i submitted visa week ago,i received call from France consulate yesterday, they ask many question and also about UK is there i have relative over there and i mentioned yes My sister is over there…i want to ask it is impact on getting visa or its just a formal question.please answer i am worried.

  • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 8, 2016 at 09:22

    Hi there hope you are doing great. I have applied for Germany last year in October. But they reject me two times. Then I went for appeal. They again refused me on 15-12-2015. So advice me when I can apply again. This time my office will send me for printing exb. in Germany.

  • Reply Deepa Jaltade March 8, 2016 at 08:33

    Thanks for the great blog. Its very helpful. I just have one question if you dont mind. When you say employment letter, does it mean an NOC or Offer letter issued by the company? It would be a big help if you could provide me this information

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 10, 2016 at 07:41

      No, not NOC but employment letter. It’s a letter issued by your company staying when you were hired and what position you hold. It’s just a guarantee that you really are working for them. Your HR should know what this is.

      • Reply TATA FAYE April 13, 2016 at 10:20

        Hello again Pinay,

        Can I present also my bank statement from Philippines? Will it be okay if joint account with my husband?

        Thanks a lot

      • Reply M.K. MUNIR April 13, 2016 at 15:12

        Hi Ms. Pinay hope you are doing great. Last October, 2015 Germany Consulate, Dubai rejected me two times. Because of hotel booking. It was my tourist application with my wife. Then one of my friend said that within 6 month I can not apply again. But in 25 May, 2016 we are trying to visit Drupa 2016. Dusseldorf, Germany thru my company. I renewd my passport and I received new one. Heidelberg Middle East giving us invitation letter! So my questions are : 1) is it time to apply & 2) how much they need in my personal account?

  • Reply Najmeh obeid February 21, 2016 at 18:14

    Hello. I have UAE resident visa which remain from it 5 month and 20 days.
    Just want to know i can appy for spain tourist visa or schengen visa

    Dr. Najmeh Obeid

    • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 8, 2016 at 09:25

      Hi Dr. I dont think so beacuse they min 6 months validity but as a Dr. may be they will accept your’s!

      Hope for the best

      • Reply Munir March 15, 2016 at 14:30

        Better you check what is the terms and conditions they asked! If Spain is asking for 6 months validity of your visa and then you have to follow!

    • Reply arlene March 15, 2016 at 12:58

      you can apply as long as your documents are solid proof that you will come back. my friend got her even she has 3months only. tnx

  • Reply Mark January 27, 2016 at 13:31

    Hi Pinay,

    Can i use a different bank account as my proof of income? not my salaried account- ill just provide payslip and salary certificate / im from dubai with 7000 salary

    • Reply john February 8, 2016 at 01:22

      Hello Pinay!
      We as a family plan to visit Uk , France, Belgium, Germany & Italy with 5 days in uk and 5 days in Italy and rest 3-4 days approx. I will have to apply for Uk visa and should I apply for schengen from the embassy of Italy? Also our travel will be in june but the issue is dubai residence visa which expires in May 2016. Should I renew the dubai visa earlier and will I be able to get both the visas before my travel date in June. How should I go about with this situation. Please advise. Thanks

      • Reply Pinay Flying High February 9, 2016 at 06:56

        1. Renew your UAE residence visa first because none of the embassies will accept your application as THEY REQUIRE A 3 OR 6-MO VALID RESIDENCE VISA as mentioned on this post as a requirement.
        2. Apply a Schengen visa in the embassy where you’re going to first after you visit UK, again this is mentioned in the post.

    • Reply melissa February 11, 2016 at 09:13

      Hello, can i make changes to my travel date after the result of my visa application. I stated in my application for to travel fro April15- May 8 and then we wanted to change our departure from Switzerland so basically our travel date will be from April 15-May 22.

      Looking forward for your attention and advice. Thanls a lot!

    • Reply melissa February 11, 2016 at 09:18

      Hello, can i make changes to my travel date after the result of my visa application. I stated in my application for to travel fro April15- May 8 and then we wanted to change our departure from Switzerland so basically our travel date will be from April 15-May 22.

      Looking forward for your attention and advice. Thanks a lot!

      • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 8, 2016 at 09:33

        Hi Melissa you can make your own plan after getting Schezen Visa. But remember you should come back before the expiry date of visa!

      • Reply Sharan March 13, 2016 at 21:26

        dear according to me u can change the travel date if your visa is valid for that duration I did it..

  • Reply maria January 21, 2016 at 12:01

    hi there .. my friend and i applied for visa yesterday at vfs in wafi (french consulate) .. today my friend received a call and she was asked about our itinerary for 15days and does she have a reltaive in europe.. of course she said no.. its her first time to travel and she got 8k aed on her account.. im just wondering why i didnt receive a call.. i have already some travel history from other countries .. i hope this will help.. waiting for visa approval makes me really nervous..

    • Reply M A R I A January 22, 2016 at 00:22

      and also i checked on the tracker online and it says on both of our reference that status of our application is: INTERVIEW SCHEDULED. when they spoke with my friend on the phone they didnt ask her to go to the embassy for interview and now i was waiting for their call or email but no call for me. Im confused now. hope someone can enlighten me on this.

      • Reply Ubfx February 8, 2016 at 20:52

        John Dubai residence must be valid for 6 months before apply.. and Uk has separate embassy and Italy has separate so you have to take first Italy schegen visa which will allow you to travel in Europe and then UK visa .. as uk is a part of European union but not Schegen area


    • Reply Ryu February 5, 2016 at 17:32

      Hi maria, any update on your application? Did you do for interview?Thanks

    • Reply hazel May 9, 2016 at 14:33

      Hi maria…Did u get your Visa already?was it approved?

  • Reply Pauline January 14, 2016 at 18:49

    Hi pls I really love this post and need help urgently.
    I applied for a Belgian visa with invitation from my Aunt in the embassy of Belgium Abu Dhabi on the 29th Nov and was rejected on the 15Jan.
    I have a 6months precious multiple visa which was issued to me by France embassy.Can I reapply again this month with France since as they gave me multiple entry before or Waite for some months to pass?

    • Reply M A R I A January 22, 2016 at 00:20

      and also i checked on the tracker online and it says on both of our reference that status of our application is: INTERVIEW SCHEDULED. when they spoke with my friend on the phone they didnt ask her to go to the embassy for interview and now i was waiting for their call or email but no call for me. Im confused now. hope someone can enlighten me on this.

    • Reply Sid of 'When On Leave' January 27, 2016 at 10:47

      hey. first off, is your 6-month multiple-entry visa issued by france expired already? when are the validity and expiry dates? if you will apply for france, you need to prove that you are spending longer time there than in belgium (i.e. through your hotel bookings, itinerary) because they are the one who issued the visa. that’s how schengen visa works. not that they will really check if you stick with the itinerary that you presented to them (wink 😉 wink), but you don’t want to get yourself in a potential problem do you.

    • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 8, 2016 at 09:46

      Dear Pauline you have invitation but still they rejected you! I dont know why! But in my expeience you should not apply within 6 months in any Schezen Country! Otherwise it will refuse again!

      Hope for the best!

  • Reply Ayako January 12, 2016 at 21:49

    Hi. I am applying for an italian tourist visa. I have been asked to submit Financial guarantee if not mone, third party will do. Will i get a chance to obtain the visa?

    • Reply Ayako February 6, 2016 at 23:55

      Hi. Any update? Did you submit the other requirement?

    • Reply Ayako February 6, 2016 at 23:56

      Hi ayako. Did you submit the other requirment? What is the news about your application?

  • Reply Thomas Otterman December 22, 2015 at 12:26

    Just wanted to say you are very lucky to travel and see all these exotic places. also wanted to take the time to be a flirt and say you look really cute. Take care

    Tommy O

  • Reply john December 8, 2015 at 17:22

    hi What happens when VFS ITALY Abu Dhabi made mistake on the Tourist Visa stamp specifically the Date of Validity(entry) and the main Mistake was they wrote 8 instead of B on my passport number? How many days they can fix the problem?
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  • Reply UBFX December 8, 2015 at 01:22

    I applied visa on 30th Nov and on website it is showing delivered to embassy on 1st dec 13:13 pm and since then nothing change is it normal or i will get notifications or change in status like under process etc or it can be direct collect passport confuse about it… i applied first time with family Europe visa before that i visited eu uk .. alone so surprise its been 8 days and still same status so can anyone tell me is it normal or status should be change…


    • Reply Ubfx December 10, 2015 at 17:27

      Hello everyone finally yesterday on 9th December day 10 i got my passports with family and all visas are done i applied for 7 days but they grant me 30 days visa and 4 months validity glad to get it again here i come again Europe …they thing I’ve learned again and again it is if your documents are completed as per their requirements they won’t let you down…no matter how much salary you have or how old you are working … i am working as a director but even if you are sales man you can get visa easily if you are fulfilling their requirements for visa …

      • Reply celeste January 18, 2016 at 01:29

        can u tell me the requirements to be needed to show them

  • Reply mohit sethi December 6, 2015 at 12:36

    Hi Pinay,

    I am a salaried person in Dubai with a salary of 10000 dram and i want to apply schengen visa from Dubai can you suggest me the any travel agent who can help me for getting visa.

    • Reply Ubfx December 10, 2015 at 17:26

      Hello everyone finally yesterday on 9th December day 10 i got my passports with family and all visas are done i applied for 7 days but they grant me 30 days visa and 4 months validity glad to get it again here i come again Europe …they thing I’ve learned again and again it is if your documents are completed as per their requirements they won’t let you down…no matter how much salary you have or how old you are working … i am working as a director but even if you are sales man you can get visa easily if you are fulfilling their requirements for visa …

  • Reply mark November 21, 2015 at 08:56

    Hello, does anyone know if it is really required to have atleast 5K Dhs+ on your bank account for 6 months? Or is it sufficient to have the amount on your bank for a month or two? Thank you
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  • Reply Muniruzzaman Khan November 16, 2015 at 13:27

    Hi all
    I have been rejected from Germany Consulate in Dubai last months 2 times. Reason they told me, same hotel I booked 20 days. I appealed against that decision, And they said they will review but it could be take min 3 months.
    However I again applied for Italy visit visa. Then again they reject me. They have written, ‘ 1) the information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intend stay was not reliable. and 2) your intention to leave the territory of the Member State before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.’
    Can anyone tell me what should I do now? My all papers was correct as per their requirement. I have submitted all the documents as per your requirement, those are 90 days personal Current A/C’s bank statement (Original), Hotel Reservation (Original), Confirmed Dubai – Rome – Dubai return tickets, Certificate of Travel Insurance (Original) covering worldwide and complete visa application form.


    • Reply Ubfx December 8, 2015 at 21:04

      Hi Muneer,

      why don’t you apply for 7 days or 5 days visa with confirm booking as you are applying for first time that is why they are not giving you that longer time period visa better to apply for 5 or 6 days visa with 1 month insurance.. so hopefully they will facilitate you with it and might be they grant you more days visa as i applied first time 6 days visa but they grant me 45 days visa and 3 months validity last year.. aplied this time with family let see how it comes now…


      • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 8, 2016 at 09:57

        I have visited two times already! 1st in 2009 to Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Then again with my wife in 2012. We went to Getmany, Holland, Switzerland & Italy. The plan was for 10 days in same hotel in Germany. This time I thought same but they rejected me!

        Thanks for your concern!

      • Reply M.K. MUNIR April 14, 2016 at 19:54

        I went two (2) times to Germany! First in 2009 and last in 2012! I wanted to go for tour this time but they did not accept mine! There was a problem that I booked a hotel for 1 room for 1 person!

    • Reply Sid of 'When On Leave' January 27, 2016 at 11:14

      hey. correct me if I am wrong, but you mean you booked the same hotel for 20 days?? if I understood it right, then YES the embassy will be highly suspicious of the reason of your visit. if you intend to really go there for tourism purposes, they will doubt that you would want to stay in just one place for the entire 20 days! germany for example is so big you could have booked hotels in different cities during your entire stay (i.e. berlin 5 nights, dresden 3 nights, frankfurt 3 nights, nuremberg 3 nights, munich 5 nights) just like every other tourist that visit their country for tourism! the people in the consulates don’t just accept your papers and then that’s it. they are trying to make sense of your travel plans as well.

      but if I my understanding of your situation is wrong then ignore everything I’ve said above 😀

      • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 8, 2016 at 10:01

        I have visited two times already! 1st in 2009 to Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Then again with my wife in 2012. We went to Getmany, Holland, Switzerland & Italy. The plan was for 10 days in same hotel in Germany. This time I thought same but they rejected me!
        Later I went to a well known travel agency and they told me the same. They said, before it was your official visit so that they did not mind but this time you are going to visit yourself. So that you should booked several days in several hotel!

  • Reply Sara November 2, 2015 at 01:19


    i just need to know i am planning to travel on 1st December to Italy is it going to be easy to apply now and get the appointment or it take too long to have your appointment
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    • Reply Ross November 22, 2015 at 17:40

      Hi, I just want to ask you, did you already apply for your schengen visa? We applied for my mom’s visa, she submitted her docs sept 14, the italian embassy received it Oct 13, then denied it Nov. 18 which is really sad coz we were expecting her here for chistmas then all of a sudden after more than 2 months of waiting they just denied it even though we complied for all the additional supporting docs that they asked us. I mean like where are their Christmas spirit.

  • Reply Nikhil Verma September 18, 2015 at 03:54

    Hello Pinay,

    I have a very urgent query regarding my Euro Trip

    I am going to Amsterdam,Berlin,Prague & Budapest for 4 nights each.

    Amsterdam to Berlin – air ticket is there

    Do i need to buy the train tickets to show how i am getting to prague and budapest?

    do you attach your train tickets as well when you apply for your visa or when you applied for first time for schengen visa?

    Waiting for your reply



    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 18, 2015 at 08:34

      I normally just show a reservation or itinerary of the train tickets from Rail Europe. I don’t buy the ticket before I get the visa.

      • Reply TATA FAYE April 13, 2016 at 10:13

        HELLO Pinay,

        I have my aunt in Germany. She’s willing to give an invitation for me. Do I still need the Hotel reservation? How many months of Bank Statement do I have to submit? Is there any required amount in my account? Does it matter if I didn’t maintain a higher deposit since my current account is a salary transfer account.

  • Reply Dee August 24, 2015 at 12:49

    My husband and I submitted our Schengen visa application via VFS Dubai last 3rd August and was forwarded to the Embassy of Hungary the following day. They said that it’s going to take around 15 to 21 calendar days or even more in some cases. It’s been exactly 21 calendar days today and the status is still “under process.” You can imagine our stress as we are very much looking forward to our 15-day October vacation in Central Europe! We checked with VFS this morning and the call center agent said that the application might take about a month based on his personal experience since it’s peak season for applications right now. I hope that we can get our passports back in time so that if in case we get denied, we will have ample time to arrange for a new itinerary in some other places- visa free this time to give my heart some time to heal hahaha. So to all the kabayans who are also playing the waiting game like us, I feel you! There is no choice but to wait and keep our calm. BTW, I am an avid reader of your blog Pinay. A lof of good and useful stuff in here- keep up the good work! And I so love your blog’s tag line 🙂

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 24, 2015 at 13:18

      Thanks Dee. 🙂
      If it’s the peak season (June-August) it does take a lot of time to process the visas. So yes, it is a waiting game during this time. 🙂

      • Reply Kristan September 15, 2015 at 14:11

        Hi Ate Pinay,

        Ask ko lang sana kung may travel agency na aasikasuhin na lahat including visa. All I have to do is pay. (France sana gusto ko puntahan. Thank you.

    • Reply Yvette August 26, 2015 at 13:10

      Hi Dee, I wanted to know if you already received your visa? I hope you did (,”)

      • Reply DEE September 1, 2015 at 10:55

        Hi Yvette! Unfortunately, I still haven’t received our passports/ visa back. It’s going to be exactly 1 month now in 2 days- really weird! If we still do not receive it by mid-month, I’m planning to pull out our application as we need to go on vacation 1st October- regardless!

        • Reply DEE September 9, 2015 at 12:16

          Hi everyone! An update on this as I want to at least help other people who are playing the waiting game right now. We already received our passports back last 3rd September- exactly 1 month after submitting the application. Our Schengen visa application got approved YAY! So I guess the VFS agents were right after all. If your visa application will be coursed through Hungarian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, it usually takes about 1 month. Not sure though during off-peak season but this is something we should bear in mind when planning our vacay in Central Europe- at least when you are from the UAE. Note that this is based on my personal experience and not a guarantee that this applies across the board. Hope this helps!

          • Pinay Flying High September 9, 2015 at 12:21

            Thanks for the update Dee, enjoy your holiday! 🙂

        • Reply hazel May 9, 2016 at 14:38

          Hi…musta?ntuloy ka sa France?No need for agency.

    • Reply Vikas September 6, 2015 at 16:20

      Hey hi,

      Even i have applied for Schengen Visa Hungary and its been 21 calender days we havent received. Day after tomorrow is our flight and we really dont know what to do?
      Can you tell me did you finally received your visa or not?

  • Reply shebah July 29, 2015 at 15:59

    Hello po sa lahat!

    Im travelling to Paris from 28-30 Aug then Santorini 01-02 September. Baka my kabayan diyan na pareho sa travel dates ko baka pwede ako maki join haha wala kasi ako kasama. Ako lang mag travel mag-isa hehe.

    • Reply Kristan September 15, 2015 at 14:08

      Hi Sheeba,

      ask ko lang sana pano process. siguro galling kana ng France. Pahelp naman sana ako. Gusto ko din mag travel ng France.

    • Reply mickeyzshadow November 9, 2015 at 11:29

      hello sheba mee too im alone bka pde mg join

    • Reply CZARINA January 5, 2016 at 14:37

      Hi ate, ask ko lang po saan po kayo nagapply ng schengen visa dito sa dubai o sa abu dhabi? thanks po.

      • Reply Pinay Flying High January 5, 2016 at 15:30

        Title of this post should answer this question for you. 🙂

        • Reply sabir December 22, 2016 at 09:27

          hi Pinay i have a doubt about changing my return departure airport, as i stated in the application was amsterdam, but i have booked my ticket from dussoldurf is it acceptable please reply me as am i hurry.

  • Reply colet July 28, 2015 at 13:57

    Hi everyone

    I received my Schengen visa from CKGS – Italy. I applied on 22 July then I received my passport on 26 July so total 5 days include Friday and Saturday. So fast!!!!! This is my first time to apply and I’m happy that I got a visa. In my application form my duration of stay is 5 days but they grant me 10 days and my bank account balance is 8k stamped by bank. My flight and hotel booking are dummies. I buy my travel insurance in travel agency for 50 dirhams.

    Maligayang Araw!!

    Ganda Pinas!!

    • Reply JHANCEE July 29, 2015 at 08:18

      Hi Colet, how can I reach you to send PM? I’d like to know which travel agency did you get your dummy flight and hotel booking.

    • Reply UBaid September 7, 2015 at 01:44

      SO you got visa showing 8k AED or USD? and what documents you provide them? to get it anything change or things are same still? does it matter that your salary shows every month?

    • Reply Yasir November 29, 2015 at 22:35

      What’s is your salary

    • Reply Anonymous April 14, 2016 at 18:02

      Hi.. May i know where did you get your dummy ticket and hotel bookings?

    • Reply Tania February 1, 2017 at 17:52

      Hi Colet,

      Did you attach your employer’s trade license copy in your application?

  • Reply Rupali July 12, 2015 at 17:11

    Hi Pinay
    I am a university sponsored resident in Dubai. I was planning a vacation to Greece in August for 6 days. I have all the other requirements but my one concern is that my Dubai bank account is only 2 months old. Will they accept that? I have a balance of AED 10K.

    Please reply asap


    • Reply M.K. MUNIR March 8, 2016 at 10:09

      Hi what is 10K? Is it 10 crore or 10 Thousand Dhs.

  • Reply love to travel July 11, 2015 at 00:17

    Hi! I just want to ask i am planning to apply for schengen visa, and my problem is, i want to stay in Belgium for a month, you have mentioned before that the ticket should not a dummy i’m just worried what should i do because i’m only planning to book for the hotel for only 3 days or a week in italy and then i will be stay to my boyfriends home which located in belgium. please advice, it cannot be traced by immigration if i will stay only or i will cancel the hotel booking once i reached in italy? and how about my ticket? can i changed the date for my ticket going back to dubai? I still have so many questions but this is only for now. Please help

    • Reply JHANCEE July 29, 2015 at 08:17

      Hi Colet, how can I reach you to send PM? I’d like to know which travel agency did you get your dummy flight and hotel booking.

    • Reply UBaid September 7, 2015 at 02:08

      It is not traceable however you have to book hotel for the same days you are applying for visa as whenever you will cancel your booking so 1 day hotel charges will be deducted but provide them the full hotel reservation and later cancel it once visa done as i use 7 hotels LOL so nothing matters only matter is to get visa once it done you can change and plan as you want


  • Reply Ctrixie July 9, 2015 at 18:13

    i have a question
    i am a cabin crew
    and ive been applyin for schengen visa to spain
    but after 3 days withdrawal my passport(temporary)
    and now i havent collected it back to the vfs
    i will wait until i have days off
    its been 10 days now since i submitted my application
    do u think 5 days will be enough to get the visa done? because ill have 5 days off later to return my visa to them

    thanks alot

    • Reply Farida April 18, 2016 at 13:43

      Hi I m crew as well, and planing to do the same , can u update us how long did it take to get ur passport with visa please , thanks

  • Reply Abdullah June 29, 2015 at 14:25

    Pls call me I’m student want to travel Germnay 0522735050

  • Reply naseeb June 25, 2015 at 06:28

    how to get Spain visit visa

  • Reply Joan June 23, 2015 at 18:38


    i had submitted application for visa at the french counter and its been 14 days, the status remains the same from the 1st day, can you tell me what will the maximum days required for the visa to be processed

  • Reply Donutella June 22, 2015 at 11:51


    Im kinda frustrated now for some answers. I hope u could help me. Am here in KSA and currently waiting for my Schengen Visa point if entry would be Italy. But am planning to use my visa in Philippines cos i’ll be travelling with my sister on september.

    Is it okay if they issued my visa here in KSA and i will use it in the Phils? Will i be assured that no problems will be faced later?

    Thanks. Am really looking forward for any answers.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 23, 2015 at 04:54

      Once you have the visa, it doesn’t matter where you’ll use it from.

      • Reply Donutella June 24, 2015 at 11:06

        Pheeew! Thank you so much. Actually, few mins ago they called me to collect my passport am kinda anxious cos its just been a week. Wish me luck. Hope i can ask more questions later. Thanks dear. More power!

      • Reply Mimi June 25, 2015 at 11:44

        Hi, planning to go to Greece this August as weve heard rates will be very low, but we cant finalize the trip yet as we are not sure of my bfs schedule yet. Can i apply for the visa without tkt, travel insurance and hotel bookings?

        Thanks so much

  • Reply Milind June 19, 2015 at 10:12

    Thanks for reply.
    I got relief now.

  • Reply Milind June 12, 2015 at 10:53

    Hi There!
    This is a good effort, it is helping lot.
    I am planning to go on a Spain tour , which is arranged by a Tour company in England.
    Is it ok if i get letter from Tour company in England instead of the hotel from Spain regarding all arrangements in Spain for visa purpose.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 12, 2015 at 16:24

      Yes, that’s absolutely acceptable.

      • Reply Anonymous June 19, 2015 at 10:10

        Thanks for reply, i feel relief now

  • Reply Meredien June 9, 2015 at 17:40

    hi pinay

    I just want to ask regarding salary bank statement, we’re planning to go to Czech republic on November last week and just only days . then I just started to saved money and deposited some amount from my account this month so meaning we will arrange our visa processing by the last week of august.
    my question is it is possible that they accept my bank statement even it’s only 2 1/3 months before visa processing?

  • Reply Atif Shabbir June 8, 2015 at 15:49

    hi piny
    I’m in UAE. plz tell me the requirement for visa apply. I have bank statement and valid visa for 1 year in UAE.

  • Reply twinkle June 8, 2015 at 10:50

    hello, would airline reservation/booking accepted by the french embassy? it will have the booking reference number but it is not yet fully paid because the visa is not sure to be granted right? it says on the website “copy of air ticket or per (booking printout), i am confused on this..thanks

    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 12, 2015 at 16:33

      I think some embassies have recently changed their policy about it. It used to be a confirmed ticket as a requirement however, some countries have changed it I guess. If it mentions booking printout then they will accept just the booking.

  • Reply Bernadette June 6, 2015 at 21:01

    Itinerary is necessary to submit along with other required documents or hotel booking is enough.

  • Reply S May 27, 2015 at 14:14

    I recently applied for a Schengen visa on 20th May and being an Indian passport holder, I was wondering how much time would it take for it to come? My flight is booked for the 6th of June

    • Reply mona July 13, 2016 at 07:55

      Hi. did you get your visa? and if so, after how many days of submission of your application. thank you.

  • Reply Nelle May 26, 2015 at 12:33

    Hi there! I’m planning to visit Greece for a 5 day holiday…my worry is that I don’y know anybody there and I don”t have an invitation letter. Is it possible to apply for a tourist visa even without invitation letter?

    Thanks, Nelle

  • Reply Kriti May 25, 2015 at 15:30

    Hi there! I had a query…I have applied for a schengen visa through the Spain embassy, I hope to get it within the week. However, my plan has completely changed…I will not be going to spain at all and will head to Greece instead. Do you think it will be a problem?

  • Reply Annabel May 25, 2015 at 14:10


    I just want to ask…the passport should be issued within the previous 10 years.. my current passport is just 3 years old..i mean, this is my first issued passport ever but is valid until 2016 of October.. is this fine?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Reply Olga May 24, 2015 at 17:26

    Good evening, everyone

    I am currently working on my application for Schengen Visa and I would like to ask what is National Identity Number and if I have to fill in this field? And also where is the number of Residence permit? is it the File number or UID?
    Thank you,

  • Reply Mariam May 20, 2015 at 09:38

    Hi PinayFlyingHigh,

    My friend and I had our appointment to VFS – Greece this 10 May and our flight date is on the 27 May but until now we still we don’t receive any update regarding our Visa application. We only know that it is already in the Hellenic Republic Embassy of Greece, Abu Dhabi . Is there any way to expedite the process since we are already a few days to our travel date?

    Hope to hear from you.

    Much thanks,


    • Reply Yaser May 27, 2015 at 15:43

      Hi Mariam,

      I have applied VFS – Greece as well, and have flight in 2 weeks. How long did it take finally?


  • Reply joviline May 16, 2015 at 22:52

    Hello dear,, i just wanna ask,, because my employer was transfer his work in Czech Republic and they want to Bring me,,its possible that i take schengen visa? Thanks

  • Reply solidpinayfan May 15, 2015 at 15:02

    Hi pinay! I’m a fan now after reading your blog. I hope you can help me with my concern. Were planning to travel this december for a 10 days trip in europe, 5 days in france and 5 days in italy. It’s like 6months preparation since we want to make sure that we will get the visa. I’m just confuse on our hotel reservation, 11-15 we are booked In a hotel in france and planning to travel by train to italy and another hotel booking from 16-20. If we will be travelling by train on 15 will they ask for a confirmed train tickets? They say that you should have a correct travel itinerary, specially booking dates since our hotel in italy was book on the 16. And I have read that it will take 12-15hours of travel by train to Rome, so i guess booking should be on 16,am I correct? Will they look for the train tickets? Or better book a plane to italy and move the travel dates and bookings? Can u suggest a better plan? Thanks pinay! 🙂

  • Reply migs May 6, 2015 at 19:36

    Hi ms.pinay,
    i just want to ask , i applied for schengen visa through vfs(austria),i passed all d neccessary documnts and paid all the fees, the very next day i received an email from austrian embassy that i need personal appearance . Im travelling alone for 10 days, what could be the questions in the interview? My travel is merely a holiday vacation,relax mode and to see the place.if u cn gve me some idea what could be the possible questions.thanks and all the best!

    • Reply Madiej November 28, 2016 at 09:01

      hi migs.. hows your application to austria? Give me some tips pls. thanks and Godbless

  • Reply mohammad muklasur rahman May 5, 2015 at 21:06

    Hi Ms.Pinoy,i applied my Italy Tourist visa in abudhabi on 27th April and today i received sms Processed visa ITAD/…………/ ready for collection at italy visa application center.What does it mean?do they reject my visa cause its a very short period that i applied.please advise.

  • Reply Fly So High May 4, 2015 at 19:12

    Hey Dear, I want to clarify one point, I got Italy Visa.But I will go to France (Paris). Is there any problem have my passport stamped in Italy customs and then proceed to France directly ?
    Any one went through similar case . Please please advise.

  • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH April 28, 2015 at 07:28

    Hello People,

    This information is very important for everyone applying for Schengen visa. I am a Nigerian but am working here in Dubai,i applied for schengen visa ( Italy ) On April 1st and my visa was ready for pick up by the end of April 9th which was a Thursday so i had to pick it up on Sunday. Before applying for the visa,I paid for Emirate flight ticket and hotel reservation,after getting the visa,i decided to cancel the ticket and hotel reservation because i intend using a cheaper one. Surprisingly,i was called by the consulate of Italy to come to their office in World Trade Center,that they need to change my visa sticker,i was surprised though as i haven’t heard that before. When i got there my passport was seized and the Italian gentleman said they will cancel my visa because i cancelled the ticket and hotel reservation.He said since i cancelled them,it means i don’t intend travelling there which also means that i don’t need the visa LOL. I had to explain to him that i want to use a cheaper services thats why i cancelled the flight and hotel reservation,so he asked me to bring the new reservations which i did the next day and i was given back my passport with the visa in it.

    I am sharing this with everyone so we can all learn,i don’t know if other schengen countries are like that too but what i will advise everyone is this,before applying for the visa,be sure of your traveling date and be sure to use the ticket and hotel you booked. If you want to stay with a friend over there,then book a very cheap hotel that you can forfeit.

    I am not an expert in this but i used the knowledge gathered from this blog to prepare my documents and applied for the visa. Kudos to Pinay and other member of this blog.

    I can use my little experience to answer questions from anyone that needs assistance. Good luck to us all.

    BTW i will be in Italy by second week of May,Any advice on nice places i should see?


    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 28, 2015 at 19:17

      Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

    • Reply msauh April 30, 2015 at 10:45

      Geez! What an experience. But hey, congratulations on the visa! Enjoy Italia =)

  • Reply Meredien April 26, 2015 at 11:33

    Hi Pinay, I just want to ask po. if its ok to open new bank account for the bank statement as requirement in the processing of Schengen visa? or they required the bank account na pinapasukan po ng salary?

    thanks po.

    • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH April 28, 2015 at 07:15

      Hi Meredien,

      You need to provide a salary bank account statement from the last 3-6months depending on the schengen country you are applying for

      • Reply iana May 7, 2015 at 20:54

        hi i just want to ask if they will accept savings account? for bank statement requirements?

  • Reply Mohammed Ghous Khan April 25, 2015 at 00:56

    I am interested in schengen Visa, I already have residency + Partner visa in Dubai, with bank statement. how can I apply

  • Reply Salman April 22, 2015 at 23:08

    hi just want to know i have applied for france visa in dubai on 20th april 2015 and i got a message same day in the evening from vfs that ur application has submitted to france consulate and its under process.. but due to some personal reason i have to go back to india urgently.. pls let me the the procedure how i can get back my passport ………do i have to call the VFS or the france consulate want to withdraw my application i get back my passport in urgent….. pls advice

  • Reply Harry April 22, 2015 at 14:09

    Hi pinay, I have booked to and fro tickets to go to germany in july. I have two queries.
    1) I will be staying at my friends place near Munich, so i do not have the hotel reservation to apply for visa. How shall I proceed with this????
    2) I will be staying for 14 days. If I show 10-15k aed balance in my account, is that sufficient???
    Please do help me with the above queries.


    • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH April 28, 2015 at 07:30

      Hi Harry,

      I posted a message below about my recent experience with a situation familiar to yours. Please read it before you proceed with your application Thanks

  • Reply Hassan Arif April 22, 2015 at 13:22

    Hey Hi,
    I received lot of information from this blog, thank you very much. I just wanted to know about the bank statement, like is it necessary to have enough amounts for 6months to qualify for the visa. Example: from Nov to April statement, all is good like have 6-7k until Feb but Mar is not good enough but end of April is like the last date of the statement would show enough amount 6-7k so would that be a problem? I am planning to go for 3-4 days though.

    I am planning to go for my honeymoon and I just changed my job as well, apparently it’s a better salary though now but I just joined. So could you please guide on that.


  • Reply Bernadette April 17, 2015 at 15:06

    Hi pinay im planning to travel to paris on august 2015. 25 thousand dhs on my would be sufficient . Ive beeb here in dubai for 8 years and my monthly salary is 12,500 dhs. If i apply for visa on july 2015 would be okay or earlier. Thanks

    • Reply msauh April 22, 2015 at 10:47

      Hi Bernadette! As per the embassy, you can apply as early as 90 days before the actual date of travel. Hence, starting May, you can process your visa. It doesn’t matter whether early or late application for as long as you give them ample time to process. What matters is the intent of going there is genuine as per your declaration.

  • Reply Arvin April 12, 2015 at 11:21

    Hi there Pinay! Thank you for the useful information provided. I have recently applied for a Czech Schengen Visa last April 9, 2015, all the documents were verified and I’m just waiting for the result. My question is while waiting for the result, can I withdraw a small amount from my bank account or do I have to wait for the result before doing anything with my bank account? Thanks

    • Reply msauh April 22, 2015 at 10:55

      Hello Arvin! Honest to goodness answer, don’t touch that money not until you get your visa. That is a personal answer. I wouldn’t want the consulate to have any reason to reject my visa application just because I withdrew a small amount on my bank account during deliberation. =)

  • Reply Arvin April 11, 2015 at 16:29

    HI PFH,

    i booked my flights and hotel accommodation to Paris, France on June 2 to 7th.
    I’ve read that one of the visa application requirement is at least 90 days prior to the expected travel dates?
    So it means they would accept my application? thank in advance.

    • Reply msauh April 22, 2015 at 10:43

      Hi Arvin! That clause “at least 90 days prior to the expected travel dates” means you can apply for the visa as early as 3 month before your actual travel date. Apply early or apply late, it’s up to you. For your travel dates, you can apply as early as March given that your documents are complete and in order. Goodluck!

  • Reply Anonymous April 8, 2015 at 21:00

    Hello PFH,
    I’m planning to go 2 countries (Germany and France), on my hotel booking should I show my hotel accommodation on both countries? Or only in Germany which is my port of entry?

    • Reply msauh April 22, 2015 at 10:52

      Hello! It matters that if you include both countries in your itinerary, and should require that you stay overnight in each, then hotel booking should be for both too. And you should consider where you will spend most of your time because that is where you should apply your visa from.

  • Reply Anonymous April 8, 2015 at 15:22

    Hi pinay,
    ur blog is really great! I just want to ask do u travel alone most of the time? Have u ever travelled by train in europe alone?is it safe for ladies to go by euro train alone? Hope to hear from u dear..
    God speed 🙂

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 8, 2015 at 15:35

      Yes I travel alone most of the time and yes, I have traveled across Europe by myself onboard their trains. It’s my preferred mode of transportation when traveling between cities in Europe. 🙂

  • Reply Lourdes April 6, 2015 at 14:53

    Thank you for sharing your ideas accrually me and my husband have plan to visit in Belguim coz my sister is leaving there, the husband Belgian is the one sending us the invitation, plan like to stay 1 week connecting to our vacation in Philippines coz we apply 45 days of Vacation 35 days in Philippines and 7 days in Belguim with my sister. My husband is 12 years now in UAE while me is 10 years. What do you think? We get a chance to visit my sister and meet the whole family in Belguim? Thank you

    • Reply msauh April 22, 2015 at 11:00

      Hello Lourdes! I’d say, why not? Go ahead and enjoy your vacation!

  • Reply SpiceS April 6, 2015 at 09:48

    Holla Neil !

    The letter from the friend acts as a sponsor letter and will be fine as long as it is legitimate along with the rest of the documents! Good Luck!

  • Reply Neil G April 5, 2015 at 20:38

    Hi dear, I am travelling to Austria to visit my friend. I have got all the documents ready. But regarding the accommodation, as I am staying with him, do I still need to book a hotel? I have got the invitation letter, his passport copy and certificate of house registration from my friend. Please advice whether I need a hotel booking for my visa application. Thanks. Neil

    • Reply SpiceS April 6, 2015 at 09:49

      Holla Neil !

      The letter from the friend acts as a sponsor letter and will be fine as long as it is legitimate along with the rest of the documents! Good Luck!

    • Reply Madie J October 31, 2016 at 10:28

      HI Neil G.

      how’s your application to Austria? any advice cos Im planning to apply also to Austria with the same procedure.

  • Reply Anonymous April 4, 2015 at 14:23

    hi! I would like to ask kung nkaply k n for austria schengen visa? so pupunta muna ng austrian embassy/ consulate bago sa vfs sa wafi mall? meron b consulate d2 sa dubai? tenx

  • Reply meredien April 2, 2015 at 16:53

    hi I just want to ask po. regarding po sa passport indicated for kasi issued within the previous 10 years that’s mean po ba you need 10 years passport holder before applying Greece visa?? and for bank statement mo? for example you have 8k how many months po na nasa bank mo ung 8k to allow you to get visa? possible po ba if mag deposits ka nalang ng 8k sa bank before processing or pano po? salamat po.

  • Reply meredien April 2, 2015 at 16:34

    hi I would to ask how about the medical insurance?

  • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH March 19, 2015 at 11:32

    Hello People,…. Please i would like to get some info. I am a resident in Dubai and my visa is still valid for another year,i am trying to apply for a Scheghen visa but i don’t know which scheghen country will be easy to get their visa ( that will take less processing days ). I intend traveling by May ending,if i apply for the visa by this month ending and i get approved,will be visa validity be from my traveling date or it will be valid from the approved date till my return date? If i have 30k in my account ( excluding my March salary of 6k ) ,can i apply for a 20days stay? Will it be approved? Everyone’s ideas will be appreciated. Thanks to everyone

  • Reply cei March 18, 2015 at 20:20

    Hi PFH,

    Ask ko lang sana if its safe to travel alone in any of these countries na covered ng Schengen visa, still undecided where to go, but i really want to travel somewhere Europe.

    And hindi ba ikaka reject if mgtravel mg isa?

    Mauna sa agency before magpunta sa VFS right?

    How was your Greece trip?, and saan saan ka ngpunta since then i just hope i dont sound nosy… pampa inspire lang 🙂

    ang haba ng comment trail dito… since 2013 pa nakakatuwa lang


    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 19, 2015 at 07:12

      Hi Cei,

      I’ve traveled alone most of the time within Europe and it’s probably the only place I’m most comfortable to do solo travel. All those times, I got the visa so it doesn’t matter if you do it by yourself or with a group. 🙂
      It depends, kung kaya mo naman na gumawa ng sarili mong itinerary then you don’t need to go to an agency. The only time I go to an agency is for my travel insurance.
      Greece trip was amazing! You can see all of my experiences and recommendations on the blog.

      Good luck! 🙂

      • Reply MSauh April 22, 2015 at 11:03

        Hi PFH! I haven’t been to a travel agency for any of my travels. For insurance you can always go to the insurance company directly. One week Europe is only AED 60 for me. How much was yours?

        • Reply Pinay Flying High April 22, 2015 at 11:13

          I normally buy a one year travel insurance for multiple travels but if I’m not mistaken, it’s AED90 for a 10-day travel insurance.

  • Reply Melody March 16, 2015 at 16:33

    Hello, I just want to ask something about visa application, we have been rejected last February now I called the Greece Embassy directly they said that we can apply anytime if the cause of rejection can be change. The main reason of rejection is *intended stay is not reliable* – we believe because we have included Rome in our itinerary and just applied single entry, maybe that’s the reason. Now, we want to apply again but just for Greece alone and we are afraid if it gets rejected again, is there any risk for that? maybe they will blocked us in applying again if it’s rejected for the second time? Do you have any idea about it?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 17, 2015 at 12:07

      I don’t think they ever ban anyone from applying however, I’m not very sure about that. I think you should consult VFS directly on this query.

  • Reply dheian March 15, 2015 at 12:03

    Hi i want to apply for schengen visa to visit my uncle in austria. but im just working as a secretary in dubai. is it possible that i can able to apply for schengen visa.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 17, 2015 at 12:08

      Why not? Just apply and take the risk, there’s no harm in trying.

      • Reply dheian June 19, 2016 at 11:04

        if my uncle is austrian national and he will send all the documents ,invitation,bank statment and id’s and tenancy agreement and im planing to stay in his house during this trip austria. do u have any idea if they will ask me a photo with my uncle or not.

  • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH March 14, 2015 at 11:14

    Hello Pinay/other house members, First i want to commend your good work,you are doing better than VFS itself hahahaha…. Please i would like to get some info. I am a resident in Dubai and my visa is still valid for another year,i am trying to apply for a Scheghen visa but i don’t know which scheghen country will be easy to get their visa ( that will take less processing days ). I intend traveling by May ending,if i apply for the visa by this month ending and i get approved,will be visa validity be from my traveling date or it will be valid from the approved date till my return date? If i have 30k in my account ( excluding my March salary of 6k ) ,can i apply for a 20days stay? Will it be approved? Everyone’s ideas will be appreciated. Thanks to everyone

    • Reply MSAUH March 19, 2015 at 08:38

      Hi! I don’t think it matters which country you will apply a Schengen visa from but it matters to them that your intention (for a tourist visa, I presume) is genuine. It’s all in the website of the embassy of what documents to provide so support your claim that you will go there just to visit. They don’t just focus on one aspect of the requirement – the financial capacity to travel which you may have in abundance because as for France, they only require 120 euros per day of stay. Work on the other requirements and put yourself on the shoes of the immigration officer. Question the documents of the applicant if it matches with each other, if it is “believable” – the names, dates, all the data. In their shoes, ask if you were to check the documents would you allow this person to go into your own country?

      • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH March 20, 2015 at 10:01

        Thanks alot for your advice. Please if i want to travel in June and i apply by this month ending ( i intend staying for 15 days ),Will the visa validity begins from when they issue the visa or it will start from the day i want to travel? Please advise. Thanks

        • Reply MSAUH March 23, 2015 at 14:32

          As per the embassy, you can apply as early as 3 months before the date of departure. The validity of the visa they’ll give definitely depends on them because I heard from a lot of people that their visas were valid as per the ticket dates and single entry. As for my experience, they gave me 30 days multiple entry visa (very tempting to cross country and stay for the whole 30 days) so I really think it is out of our control. The start date of my visa was 10 days before my departure date. Good luck!

  • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH March 14, 2015 at 09:16

    Hello Pinay/other house members, First i want to commend your good work,you are doing better than VFS itself hahahaha…. Please i would like to get some info. I am a resident in Dubai and my visa is still valid for another year,i am trying to apply for a Scheghen visa but i don’t know which scheghen country will be easy to get their visa ( that will take less processing days ). I intend traveling by May ending,if i apply for the visa by this month ending and i get approved,will be visa validity be from my traveling date or it will be valid from the approved date till my return date? If i have 30k in my account ( excluding my March salary of 6k ) ,can i apply for a 20days stay? Will it be approved? Everyone’s ideas will be appreciated. Thanks to everyone

  • Reply Arlyn March 12, 2015 at 10:42

    Hello.nag apply ako ng tourist visa to rome here in abu dhabi s vfs.. Kso nbasa ko sa net na pwede ireject ng embassy ang application kpag nd complete answer s application form..possible b n mareject ung apply ko khit complete lahat ng requirements ko at complete din ang documents ng magulang ko nasa rome.. Pwede ba ako mag re apply kpg nrefuse agad.. Please help me..

    • Reply Msauh March 23, 2015 at 14:42

      Hi Arlyn. The prerogative of the visa grant/denial is with the embassy on which you applied for, in your case Italy. You’ll never know what the result will be not unless you give a try. Good luck!

  • Reply beth March 10, 2015 at 20:28

    hi maam! i would like to ask po. I recently booked an appointment in Poland embassy for tourist visa. When I got the print out, I saw an error in the details which i entered, i overlooked. Instead of the name of our employer, i put the address of our hospital. I saw from their rules that you might be rejected if you entered wrong details. I dont know how to cancel the appointment also it is asking this “the resulting code” so that i can atleast cancel the appointment and reapply again and enter the details correctly. What should I do that I can make the corrections? I have all the sufficient documents and financials. Only with this error I made. Can you help me on what to do? Im really afraid to have the appointment then be rejected because of this mistake.hoping for your kind response any time soon. Thank you and Godbless

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 17, 2015 at 12:09

      I think you’ll have to contact VFS directly on this.

    • Reply Ley April 17, 2017 at 09:35

      Hi Ms. Beth,


      Can you give me some tips about applying visa for Poland? Thank you!

  • Reply Melody March 9, 2015 at 15:52

    Hello, I just want to ask something about visa application, we have been rejected last February now I called the Greece Embassy directly they said that we can apply anytime if the cause of rejection can be change. The main reason of rejection is *intended stay is not reliable* – we believe because we have included Rome in our itinerary and just applied single entry, maybe that’s the reason. Now, we want to apply again but just for Greece alone and we are afraid if it gets rejected again, is there any risk for that? maybe they will blocked us in applying again if it’s rejected for the second time? Do you have any idea about it?

  • Reply arlyn March 4, 2015 at 14:07

    Hi.. Are you kabayan? Please i need your help..

  • Reply vicky March 4, 2015 at 12:54

    I applied schengen visa in 2010 which was rejected due to wrong documents submitted by travel agent and now I am applying for UK visa so should I mentioned this refusal information on my application or no need. Please guide me. Regards

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 4, 2015 at 14:00

      I would state it on my application. Better to tell them than them finding out that you tried to hide that information.

      • Reply ILIKEPINAYFLYINGHIGH March 16, 2015 at 08:07

        Hello Pinay/other house members, First i want to commend your good work,you are doing better than VFS itself hahahaha…. Please i would like to get some info. I am a resident in Dubai and my visa is still valid for another year,i am trying to apply for a Scheghen visa but i don’t know which scheghen country will be easy to get their visa ( that will take less processing days ). I intend traveling by May ending,if i apply for the visa by this month ending and i get approved,will be visa validity be from my traveling date or it will be valid from the approved date till my return date? If i have 30k in my account ( excluding my March salary of 6k ) ,can i apply for a 20days stay? Will it be approved? Everyone’s ideas will be appreciated. Thanks to everyone

  • Reply gauri February 20, 2015 at 09:03

    hi…. dear

    Me and my husband applied for a France visa couple of days back … and received a message saying “processed visa application ref no..”so n so” is ready for collection…the orginal receipt is required for collecting the passport an authorisation letter will also be required by those collecting on behalf of the passport holder… … it means visa is approved ???

    • Reply msauh March 16, 2015 at 09:48

      most likely yes. better to call the embassy and they will tell you the result before you actually receive your passport

  • Reply Wasim Shah Makandar February 11, 2015 at 09:57

    HI I am a cabin crew in air arabia and I cannot submit my passport for that long . Can I request not to keep my passport that long or short term ? I need my passport to travel everyday . Thanks

  • Reply Angel February 10, 2015 at 14:49

    Hello, would you have any advise how we can avail international insurance only for the course of the trip?

  • Reply Kunle Ayodele February 8, 2015 at 09:49

    I have my resident permite in Dubai.and I want to travel to germany 4 my vacation, my cousin want to send me invitation letter.wat is d possibility of getting d visa.and wat is d basic salary of applying 4 dis visa.

  • Reply Gypsygirl February 6, 2015 at 13:53

    Hello pinayflyinghigh! Just want to ask if you have experienced fying from Dubai via Paris to LA. I have submitted my application through VFS Dubai but provided only a one way ticket from Dubai-Paris-LA as proof of onward travel since I am not sure from which airport in the US I will come back to Dubai. Do you think the French Embassy will reject my application if my return flight back to Dubai is not provided? Thank you so much!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 6, 2015 at 14:07

      I’m not an expert on these sensitive visa issues so whatever I will say here must be double checked with the embassy or consulate but I think, you will not have a problem getting a Schengen visa as their only concern is for you to get out of their country after the period of your stay. As lokg as you have an outbound journey ticket, I think that’s fine. Again, double check with the consulate for more concrete information.

    • Reply Gypsygirl February 6, 2015 at 14:13

      BTW i applied for a short stay visa will all my documents complete, with a valid US visa, previous schengen & UK visas. I planned to travel for 12 days around Europe but my main destination is France. I’m just a little worried about providing only a one way ticket to LA although my onward travel leaves the schengen zone. thank u for your blog! have used this a lot for references.especially the comments section 🙂

      • Reply Gypsygirl February 6, 2015 at 14:15

        I just read your reply! Thanks! Will let you know of the result to perhaps help others too in the same situation

  • Reply Ms. AUHinAirportRD February 5, 2015 at 15:46

    Hi Ms. Pinay Flying High! I would like to ask your opinion regarding our Schengen Visa application at VFS Global in Abu Dhabi today. We submitted our complete documents as per the checklist provided by them, and took our biometrics, and filled-up a form for the courier. The VFS officer never said a thing if it is approved or not. Should we assume that our visa is granted already? Is there a way to know aside from the online tracking? Thanks.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 5, 2015 at 17:58

      Hi there,
      VFS is just the agency which collects all of the applications. They do not process visas nor do they have the capacity to let you know if the visa is approved or not. You will only know the result once you’ve received your passport back.
      Good luck.

      • Reply Ms. AUHinAirportRD February 9, 2015 at 11:25

        Got it! Submitted documents on Thursday Feb 5 got the visa today Feb 9 (6 & 7 weekend). First time Schengen visa application granted 1 month duration. We submitted airline booking from Mar 5-10 only and we got 1 month! So happy. Thinking of crossing countries now. =)

  • Reply Rochelle Rivera February 1, 2015 at 16:21

    hi ms. pinayflyinghigh me and my friend are planning to go to Switzerland this August for 2 weeks and our friend is living there, so we are planning to stay with her, is it okay not to book a hotel since we will stay with her? Or will we need an invitation stating that we are staying with her for the duration of our trip? hope to hear from you, thanks!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 1, 2015 at 16:26

      You’ll need an invitation from her.

      • Reply Rochelle Rivera February 1, 2015 at 16:48

        how many months of bank statement is needed? is it possible to only have 3-5?

  • Reply Lucky January 30, 2015 at 18:11

    Still waiting for your reply..

  • Reply Lucky January 26, 2015 at 21:25


    i want to ask i am director of my company in UAE i had applied for UK visa and i got it in first attempt later i applied for schengen and they rejected me and reason was booking is not reliable right after that i applied again and i got 45 days visa however i applied for 7 days visa and i visited it already in december and visa is expired now but now my questions is that i want to visit schenen area with my wife and 1 infant son..but when i got UK visa after visiting uk i applied their visa and it was rejected twice the reason was only why you didnt applied as a single family unit.. want to ask still i can apply schengen visa with family or first i must correct UK visa before applying schengen with family or my family UK visa rejection will impact if i apply schengen or turkey visa with family?


  • Reply mark elgin January 25, 2015 at 19:25

    Hi…im planning to go on vacation in vienna..my friend.will send me.an invitation letter and her bank statement..my question is should i apply for a visa first or book a ticket first..thnk u

  • Reply gin January 25, 2015 at 19:10

    Hi…im planning to go on vacation in vienna..she’ll send an invitation letter and her bank statement..my question is should i book a ticket first or apply for a visa?or the other way around

  • Reply munta January 25, 2015 at 10:51

    pls am planing to visit my brother in italy, on my vacation he will be hosting me and sponsering me do i need to prof any means of finance thus bank statement? or pay slip

    • Reply Nicnic January 26, 2015 at 18:42

      hi munta. i have sponsored my cousin as well. she only provided an noc letter from her company with all the required details such as date of hiring, salary, etc. she prepared a letter mentioning that her tour will be all expense paid and will be sponsored by me. I, on the otherhand, provided a letter confirming the said sponsorship. just inform your sponsor that on his letter he should touch the consul’s heart. 🙂 this is what i did çoz my cousin’s first attempt was rejected. she applied again with the revised letter from me (stating some dramas and all), she got the visa after 2 days from the date of application.

      • Reply munta February 10, 2015 at 15:59

        nicnic why was she denied for the first time

        • Reply Nicnic February 24, 2015 at 08:47

          hi munta. it’s because of insufficient fund. I only gave my bank statement at first application and later, i realized that i should add my credit card statements and even my national bond holding statements. After i added those on the second try, she got the visa

  • Reply readytofly January 22, 2015 at 21:44

    Hi there. Just want to ask … if visa is ready after 3 days from the date of application, would it be more on the positive result or denied?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 22, 2015 at 22:06

      It can be anything, only way to find out is to collect your passport. All the best!

      • Reply Nicnic January 26, 2015 at 18:50

        hi PFH, we got the visa. however, i just need some clarification, the IT which i submitted to VFS France is France and Spain, However, we also want to visit AUSTRIA and enter through said VIENNA. Will there be a problem if our entry point is VIENNA and not PARIS? We can then prove that we will stay more in Paris through out plane tickets and hotel bookings.Waiting for your reply.

        • Reply Pinay Flying High January 26, 2015 at 19:13

          Hi Nicnic,
          I think that should be fine as long as you have all the papers to prove that you are staying more in Paris than Vienna. But if I were you, I’d also include a print out of the Schengen visa rules stating this just in case. 🙂

          • Nicnic January 26, 2015 at 19:22

            Thanks PFH.

  • Reply Chris January 19, 2015 at 09:31

    Applied for Italy Schengen Visa for the first time with a priority service at VFS and was granted on the same day. Received email from VFS the very next day that our application has been concluded and is ready for collection. How cool! I’m an Indian but wife and kid from Phils.

  • Reply Bella January 15, 2015 at 10:44

    hi pinay,

    just want to ask i am planning to go paris on Feb 12 do u think the time frame is still ok for me to apply the schengen visa before Feb, 12 or its too late.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 18, 2015 at 09:27

      I think it’s still ok, as long as you’re going to file your application as soon as possible.

  • Reply helen January 6, 2015 at 14:25

    hi Pinay. thank you for all info. I don’t know the time gap between schengen visa application and ticket booking. let’s say if i apply on 1st of February, when’s the maximum date for ticket booking? March? April? or even later? or sooner? once the visa is granted to me, within how many days i should fly? is it true that if i don’t fly within 30 days, the schengen visa will be expired? please help. thanks a lot.

    • Reply Chris January 19, 2015 at 14:58

      Helen, obviously you gotta fly within the allocated date as shown in the visa they issued to you. You may book a dummy flight prior to visa application and once you received it, purchase the ticket for a date more suitable for you 😀

  • Reply Abdellatif Lambaraa December 29, 2014 at 09:38

    Hey. Thank you For this amazing blog its very helpfull, before i had too much qustions, but i see that i have found the Most of the information I was looking for.. Thank you so much for this great blog i wish the best of the best for all my brothers and sisters ova here,

  • Reply travel for ever December 14, 2014 at 07:09

    Hi any one knows How many total days they take to process schengen visa application from Italy visa center Dubai (including Friday and Saturday holidays)

  • Reply hazrat December 14, 2014 at 04:50

    helpful info

  • Reply Arian November 29, 2014 at 14:34

    How can I check if my appointment is confirm or not?!
    Then what if my sponsor will pay all my expenses do I need to provide for my bank statement?!
    I also have letter from my employer but the exact date of my propose leave was not mention, shall I revise it?!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 30, 2014 at 17:38

      The screenshot that you sent me thru email is your appointment confirmation, it’s actually stated on the screenshot itself.
      You still have to provide your bank statement however, you also must provide a letter from your sponsor that they will be paying for all your expenses while there.
      It’s not required to mention the exact date of your leave HOWEVER, just to be sure, change it if you still can. I always present my employment certificate with my leave dates just to be on the safer side.

      • Reply Travel for ever December 4, 2014 at 13:44

        Hi guys today i submitted my application and all the documents for my schengen visa i,m planing to go italy for xmas and new year lets see how many days they ll take to issue my visa i applied from Italian consulate in Dubai.

        Any one have experience applying throw Italy consulate in dubai how long they take to issue visa?

        there you go traveling time again i love this excitement and feeling.
        if any one wanna join me for xmas and new year holidays every are most welcome 😉

        • Reply travel for life January 8, 2015 at 21:22

          Hi guys its me gain as i submitted my schengen visa application in dubai at italy visa center ckgs after 20 days of long wait they refused my visa the reason they gave that my ticket and hotel booking was not confirm then i re applied with full paid ticket and confirm hotel booking i got my visa with in 7 working days hope this info ll help every one and its my first year in Dubai huh time to travel now good luck for all fellows who gonna apply for there visa cheers .

  • Reply Kunle November 29, 2014 at 14:14

    I want to apply 4 schenge visa to Germany. Wat is d basic account dat should b in my account b4 applying. I will b very greatful if u reply me back thanks.and wat are d document requires 4 it.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 30, 2014 at 17:34

      I’ve answered that question quite a few times thru the comment section, you can just go through some of it as I’ve given detailed answers on some of them.

  • Reply mohen November 23, 2014 at 09:51

    hi , i just want to ask you .yesterday i got employment certificate from my company . but i have plan to visit greece on the mid of february because i have to renew my visa . can i use the same certificate after three months , and how many months pay slip they need . i have like 20k in my account is it ok for 10 days visit of urope . i will be gratful to you if you give sugggetion . thank u

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 23, 2014 at 11:12

      I’m not very sure with regards to the employment certificate as I always use a certificate which is just issued. You’ll have to check with VFS on that.

      As for the payslip, it’s already mentioned on my blog how many months they require.
      I think 20k for 10 days is ok however, the larger the amount – still the better.

  • Reply mary anne November 19, 2014 at 14:01

    hi! thanks for the loaded info here. i want to ask, what if i got my schengen visa here in dubai, then i went home to philippines. can i still travel to europe from philippines using the visa issued to me here in dubai?

  • Reply jacky November 3, 2014 at 12:41

    i just want to ask how much does a travel insurance cost?


    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 3, 2014 at 13:05

      Not sure of the exact amount but I think it’s around a hundred dirhams for an insurance valid for 10 days.

    • Reply Chris January 19, 2015 at 14:49

      AXA provides comprehensive insurance for as little as 250 per person. Take a few minutes to buy one 😀

  • Reply jacky November 3, 2014 at 12:39

    hi. i just want to ask how much does a travel insurance cost? thanks.

  • Reply April November 2, 2014 at 03:01

    hello po.. would be my gf eligible for schegen visa? she’s will come here in Dubai for tourist visa? will she able to get a schegen visa? you response is higly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    • Reply pickachu November 5, 2014 at 00:37

      Nope. She needs to have a residence visa.

    • Reply Chris January 19, 2015 at 14:36

      buddy, ask your gf to apply in her country itself or any place where she holds a valid residence. 🙂

  • Reply ihategermanembassydubai October 29, 2014 at 02:54

    And my planned travel will be on November 4 to 8, nextweek, to attend a conference in Germany.My Business Visa was refused yesterday. One and Only Reason: Residence Visa is about to expire. Which is actually NOT! My res visa will expire on JULY 02, 2015. Almost 9 mos from now. It was written as 2015 07 02 (Correct Format). I presume, they thought it’s February 02, 2015. Ridiculous negligence! I approached VSF Global and the officer said i can file an appeal and i have a big change to void that refusal and get my visa approved. I sent an email to the german embassy to relay my case. They said that i got two options, to appeal and to reapply. Re-appealing can take up to 3 MONTHS! I only have a week! Ridiculous negligence! Anyone here who experienced the same? I didnt visit the embassy since its also stated in the email that i need to put the appeal letter on the DROPBOX in the embassy only! I am so upset. I wanna hurt someone there. 😀

  • Reply imran October 28, 2014 at 16:49

    hi pinay i wanted to ask you i applied today for my schengen viza and i am travelling to germany frankfurt for hemitex exhibition my departure date from dubai is 12th jan 2015 and arrival from germnay to dubai is17th jan 2015 only 6 days i submit all documents ticket hotel booking etc,My question is my dubai employment visa expiring date is 11-02-2015 after a month of travel is that a issue for schengen viza please reply thanks.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 28, 2014 at 16:58

      Yes it will, you should’ve renewed your employment visa before applying for the Schengen visa. They normally require at least 3-6 months validity of UAE residence visa and your passport. Cross your fingers that they will overlook this issue. Otherwise, you can always apply again. Your travel date is not until January anyway.

      • Reply imran. October 28, 2014 at 17:20

        Thanks for your quick reply i hope and pray they will over look the issue & I have the invitation from the european company my noc and its mention in noc that my boss is also travelling with me lets see thanks once again.

  • Reply Raza October 28, 2014 at 14:25

    please.answer me. i got schengen visa there mentioned valid till 9 november .and duration of stay is 5 days. so i am going on 8th november anf leaving 12th november . plz tell me is it ok or must need to return before 9 nov

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 28, 2014 at 14:53

      You have to leave the Schengen state on or before November 9. You can’t stay there longer than the validity mentioned on the visa.

  • Reply reynor October 18, 2014 at 05:40


    i’m planning to travel for Vienna and Czech Republic in April. I can guarantee that i’ll be having all documents ready by march since I work in a Travel Agency and can obtain easily all the required documents. but one thing is bothering me, by march I have computed that i’ll be having around 20k AED ++ in my account. will this be enough to get my visa approved for two weeks? I will be just 1 year in my Company and in Dubai in March. will it affect my application ??

    Hoping for your answers and advice. Thank you!

    Warm regards,

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 18, 2014 at 08:49

      Well, I can’t really say anything but try it and take it from there. Since you have all the requirements anyway.

      • Reply reynor October 20, 2014 at 08:17

        Thank you. sana ma approve. and ate to add to that 21 palang ako ok lang kaya yun? hahaha sorry kinakabahan talaga ako

  • Reply Donna October 14, 2014 at 05:45

    My Germany visa got denied today. I failed to put money on my bank account since ill be there for 4days training and the company will shoulder all the expenses. Whoaa. Ill be re-applying tomorrow since filing an appeal will take take and i need to leave by Nov. 4.

    Ill be depositing 10K AED. Can anyone give me more options/advise on what i am going to do.


    • Reply Donna October 14, 2014 at 06:22


    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 14, 2014 at 10:20

      Hi Donna,
      You’ll just have to ensure that all of the documents they require are in order.

      • Reply Donna October 14, 2014 at 12:03

        i surely will this time! im just a bit worried since theyve already rejected the 1st application.

  • Reply MJ September 25, 2014 at 06:04

    Seriously, I read all of these..as what you’ve suggested me. LOL anyways, you’re a wonderful woman. Keep going and God Bless! 🙂

  • Reply tushar September 20, 2014 at 16:59

    Hi! I am a self employed and my wife she is working with emirates airlines. We have applied our visa on last Wednesday with one more couple. So we are planing to travel on first week of September. So we hv short Time to get the visa. So my question is there any chance If our all documents are ok so we get visa in 3 to 4 working days? Please advice.

  • Reply AUGUSTBOY September 20, 2014 at 06:03

    I received my passport today (20/09/2014 via skynet. Thanks God! I got a French Schengen Visa – Multiple with 6 months validity.

  • Reply Augustboy September 19, 2014 at 00:55

    I applied for a Schengen visa (short stay – Business visa) at the French Consulate General in Dubai. I have submitted my application along with complete documents at VFS Global,Wafi Mall.last Monday, 15/09/2014. Then Tuesday (16/09/2014, 11:56am) I received an SMS message from VFS informing me that my application has been dispatched to French Consulate in the afternoon (4:28PM) the same day I lodged my application at VFS. Then to my surprise, I received an SMS again after 2 days (18/09/2014) informing me that my Visa Application Ref. No. xxx/xxxx/xxxx/xx has been processed and it will be couriered.

    I was informed by the VFS desk personnel that the process duration will be from 7 to 10 days. Then from the information at VFS France website, the process will be 15 days. I am expecting to receive my passport tomorrow (19/09/2014).

    Can someone has the same experience of having a very short processing period? Do you think, this is a visa refusal?

  • Reply Murtaza Abid September 15, 2014 at 01:28

    I submitted my application for greece visa on the 25th of August 2014 , and now been 15 working days it still under process . Should i be worried ? Can someone advise please . ?
    My travel dates are on 10th october 2014 and i am travelling with my spouse and 1 and half year old child .

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 15, 2014 at 09:52

      Hi there, I already replied on your email about this. Thank you.

  • Reply needhelp September 12, 2014 at 03:48

    hi dear thanks for suggention. i just want to say that i work for cleanig co but i am not moping the floor . and i have saving like 20 k in my dubai account only. i just want to visit one week only .

  • Reply needhelp September 5, 2014 at 10:58

    hi mam…i just want to ask you i work in a cleaning company ..i am interested to visit urope …but im afraid they wiill not accept my aplication ..can please help to clear my doubt on this , thank you .

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 10, 2014 at 06:39

      Hi there, well I can only advise you to prepare all the documents required and try it. There’s nothing to lose.

    • Reply camoflauge September 11, 2014 at 00:10

      Dear I am sorry to say with your job profile do not even think of applying.cuz its gonna be a waste of time and money for u.
      U need to have a saving and 50% percent of the decision is taken on the basis of your designation. Cus if you apply they will be sure you will abscond and never return.

  • Reply au September 1, 2014 at 09:58

    Hi…I just would like to ask you.. if there is any possibility if an applicant is holding a servant visa right now….could she apply for shrengen visa would that be possible. …any by require….pls advise thank you

  • Reply welltanned August 28, 2014 at 10:17

    Hi May, Im just new here in Dubai and would like to travel to Europe next year..iv heard that some applications are declined if you are new to Dubai…is it true? Im planning to apply visa after a yr from the date where my residency was approved… Im aware about the prepaid bookings for flights an hotels…also about the money on my bank account.. im planning to have like 13-15k aed on my bank before i apply would it suffice for a 2weeks trip? I’ll wait for you opinion, thanks!

  • Reply diane August 27, 2014 at 17:21

    Hi mam,
    I am applying for visit visa to germany is employer letter really needed for the application?what is the best thing to do if they will not issue this letter?

  • Reply sakayna August 14, 2014 at 18:04

    Hi PFH! As promised I want to share our brief yet very memorable experience on applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa via the Dutch Consulate in Dubai..

    Dutcg Consulate in Dubai has a visa interview. Yes, a one-on-one interview with the Visa Officer. Questions are very simple and the answers can be found on your application form. The requirements are all same. It should be COMPLETE! Otherwise, they will refused your application. The Visa Officer was like intimidating and I believed she needs to be as her job is tough and critical.

    These are the documents that we have submitted in the Consulate:

    1. Application Form (should be digitally typed and signed)
    2. One recent passport size photo ( Schengen Visa specification)
    2. NOC – we’ve also attached a screen grabbed of our approved annual leave dates to support our NOC and luckily they accepted it.
    3. Bank Statement (plus a clear photocopy) – 3 mos. only. We’ve attached our payslips for the past 3 mos. In the checklist or in the website it says ‘sufficient’. I want to tell you guys that the word ‘sufficient’ it doesn’t mean that you must have a whooping 5-digit AED ending balance in your account. Make your bank statement realistic and it should coincide with your salary as well. Our salary to be honest is not that big. We saved money for the past 6 months actually but Thank God our visa was approved!
    4. Travel Insurance (plus a photoclear copy) – valid for Schengen Area. We’ve purchased it from a well-known insurance company online (prefer not to mention its name. No commercial/ad here).
    5. Flight reservation – it should match the intended travel dates in the application form.
    6. Hotel reservation – they need to see the word ‘confirmed’ or a hotel voucher mentioning the dates and guest/s names. No need to pay the confirmed flight and hotel reservations. If you have a friend working in the travel agencies they can provide you with these papers. Sometimes ‘free of charge’, sometimes NOT FREE! =))
    7. Itinerary – this is an optional requirement but to make your application credible might as well attach this one. I prepared ours. It’s easy! We’ve declared 5 days only in the application form and luckily Dutch government granted us a 30-day Multiple entry Schengen Visa. Happy Happy!!

    Tip for the Visa Interview:

    1. Be on time! Be there in the Consulate as early or else they won’t admit you!
    2. Answer briefly and concisely. Don’t tell lengthy answers. The more you divulge information they will scrutinize you even more.
    3. Smile and listen carefully to the questions as it is very tricky. The Visa Officer will ask very obvious things. I guessed they will try to catch you if you are lying or not.
    4. Greet and thank them.

    Thats all PFH and readers. Hope this experience help. I would like to personally thank you PFH as you are one of our inspirations in applying the visa. I’ve always check your blog for any recent comments and posts. Thank you very much! Hope to see you again!

  • Reply Jhoe Francz August 14, 2014 at 15:23

    Hi Pinay, i have some question regarding getting visa in France Embassy, Dubai (first point of entry). We (me and my friend) are planning to travel to Paris, France & Rome as Tourist (Pleasure) in our own without using any Travel Agency or Package Tour and I came across to http://www.vfsglobal-fr-ae.com to check the required documents and I am quietly confuse in checklist no. 5 which is “Copy of ITINERARY prepared by travel agency (for those going on tour)”.

    Is this means need a travel agency to arrange our trip? or just make a list/itinerary in our own?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 14, 2014 at 16:28

      If you’re not taking any package tours then the hotel and flight reservations will suffice.

  • Reply Eman August 6, 2014 at 10:30

    Please i need your advice , i was moving to a new job from Cairo to Dubai and my onboarding was in Basel Swiss in the first two days of my hiring date so i applied in swiss embassy in Cairo and i provided them an HR letter of my current (previous) job and the offer letter signed from my new company in Dubai and an invitation letter from the company office in Basel. My visa was refused and i got a stamp on my passport but not a “Rejected ” one but only “Applied on”!
    I refused to apply for an appeal as i am leaving Egypt to Dubai and i will not be able to wait for at least two month to get the appeal result.
    i should now apply in Dubai with my new situation , new job to attend a second on boarding in Basel too what should i do?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 12, 2014 at 07:14

      Not sure what your question is as you already answered your question, apply for the visa in Dubai.

      • Reply sunshine August 12, 2014 at 11:50

        hi. one of requirments for getting schengen visa is having an bank statement what if i open an account recently so i can’t provide statement is there any other way..thanks

  • Reply Katie Cuevas August 5, 2014 at 12:13

    Hi , how did you get Travel medical insurance and what do you mean accomodation reservation? do i have to book it in a hotel? what if I have a friend there and i’ll be staying in his / her house?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 12, 2014 at 07:15

      Travel insurance can be bought from any travel agencies. You can check with the embassy with regards to their requirements if you’re staying witn a friend.

  • Reply Maggie July 31, 2014 at 10:14

    Hello Ma’am,

    It’s my first time actually, my bestfriend has been bugging me to visit them in Belgium, told me to apply for Schengen Visa. She’s married to a Belgian National whom also told me to visit them. They will send me an invitation but I keep on postponing. Real Reason? I don’t know how and where. They told me to spend my annual vacation there supposedly this 2014 but I told them by 2015 on April. I’m in need of advise since I really don’t know how. They told me they’d lemme visit the nicest libraries in there. They quite mention Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxemburg, Germany and Paris. They’d pay for my expense, mainly I will stay in there house in Belgium but still i have to put some stuffs on my bank account for that. I just want to ace my visa application because the offer really is a dream come true… My fears are lurking around because mainly, I don’t know where and whom to ask about it.

    Can you help me with that? If you have time that is…Please send me a reply.



    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 12, 2014 at 07:17

      The whole procedure to apply for the visa is on this blog, you can read thru it to get started.

      • Reply Maggie September 12, 2014 at 04:11

        Hi again! Now i’m starting to gather the documents needed, thanks to you! =) (your reference blog.) Now, I have this problem, on how to set appointments via online through VFS? I’m only familiar on VFS Tasheel because our company business deals with SAUDI visa’s thru VFS Tasheel. But on Schengen Visa I don’t have any idea. I’ve been searching Online how to get through. I would very much appreciate if you can send me the link in scheduling appointments…

        Thank you very much for your time…



        • Reply Pinay Flying High September 12, 2014 at 08:18

          Hi there. Again, the details and even the link on how and where to request for your appointment is on this blog. Please read thru it. If you are not going to apply for a Greek Schengen visa, you can search for the VFS website of the particular country that you’re planning to apply to. eg: VFS SPAIN WEBSITE

  • Reply ahmed shakora July 31, 2014 at 07:37

    Hi Pinayflyinghigh I just wanna know if am visiting Dubai as a tourist and i want to continue my journey to Finland,,
    can i applicate for a visa from Abudhabi ,,
    i have an iraqi passport ,,
    if something urgent happened in finland can it withdraw my money for the bank ,,!
    just for a while before going out from finland ,,

  • Reply diannemags July 30, 2014 at 15:47

    Sis, thanks for the blogs, I’m thinking visiting Greece this Sept as a package tour (very cheap yay) do I have to book this tour package and insurance travel or should I submit only Initial itinerary, I don’t want to booked them without having the visa first which is which ?

    my uk visa can be also a supporting document?

    hope to hear from you

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 12, 2014 at 07:23

      They will require confirmed reservations so yes, you do have to book the package and specially the travel insurance. Of course your UK visa can help you get the Schengen visa. 🙂 Goodluck!

  • Reply spain girl July 30, 2014 at 00:09

    Hi, I’m planning to go to Spain on November but my resident visa will be expiring on Jan.26, 2014, is their any possibility i can get the Schengen visa since my resident visa is not valid for 3 months?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 12, 2014 at 07:24

      No as it is their requirements to have a valid UAE residence visa for min 3 months.

  • Reply Detdet July 27, 2014 at 20:58

    Hi Gurl, I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs! Thanks for taking time and effort to document your experiences.

    I just thought to ask your opinion on our trip, husband & I will be travelling to Greece on 12-17 Sept , our return flights DXB-Greece are confirmed and paid, as well as our hotel in Athens from 12-15 Sept, we’re planning to stay 2 nights in Santorini before going back to Dubai on 17. Do you think I should submit hotel accommodation in Santorini, and confirmed transportation of Athens-Santorini-Athens too? I was thinking to just pay and book all of them, and in event of (knock on wood) visa rejection, maybe I could claim the cancelled trip from the insurance?

    Also for the insurance, how long does it take for Dnata to issue the policy & certificate, like immediately after paying the premiums?

    I hope you can let me know your thoughts – I really can’t decide whether to take the plunge and book the Santorini trip now w/out guarantee on the visa (cause Santorini trip is way way more expensive than Athens:( )

    Keep up the good work with the blog, I’ve bookmarked your site, will definitely come back here for your travel updates!

    Hoping to read back from you:)

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 12, 2014 at 07:26

      Hi there, sorry for the late reply. I guess you already applied for your visa.

      Anyway, to answer your question – the embassy will not process your visa unless you have the details of your whole trip. So if you only have the accommodation in Athens for 12-15 then they’ll ask for the documents of where you’ll be staying for 15-17.

      Insurance is issued the same time as you pay for it.

      • Reply Detdet August 27, 2014 at 20:42

        Thanks gurl:) Yup, I’ve decided to just book the Santorini stay as well, got the visa in about 8 working days…Now getting ready for the trip:)

  • Reply Firas A Thawabteh July 25, 2014 at 05:25

    Hey there ! Awesome blog and great efforts !!

    i’m planning to visit Austria me and 9 members of my family from the 20th of august till 29th of august (tourism), we will reach munich airport might stay there for 1 night then leave from there to Zillerta in austria by car , we hold Jordanian passports.

    i kindly need your advice for the below :

    -I tried to schedule an appointment for multiple visa (austria) , the system showed that the soonest appointment in on the 17th of august ! and i must travel on the 20th , could that be real or am i doing it wrong ?

    -Can i do the Visa via Munich instead of austria (soonest appointment is 30th of July) ? or does the duration of stay terms as you mentioned does not match their rules (as im staying in Austria more than germany)

    How many days maximum would it take to issue the Visa ?

    I really appreciate your soonest reply.
    thanks in advance

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 25, 2014 at 05:55

      Hi Firas,

      Thanks for dropping by. Well unfortunately, you are scheduling your appointment quite late. June to August is the peak season in the whole of Europe. There is a big problem now for the Schengen visas as some are getting their visas delayed due to the high volume of applicants. I say, take that Germany appointment and show documents that you’ll be staying in Germany more than Austria as they won’t process it for you if you are not going to stay in Germany for a long time. Then once you get the visa, book your original itinerary.

      Normally for me, I get my visa in 5 days but these days, some clients get it after 3 weeks.

    • Reply MONA July 13, 2016 at 13:26

      Hi Mr. Firas. Did you manage to get your visa to Germany?

  • Reply ali July 23, 2014 at 15:29

    I have invitation from poland but I have just 2 months if I apply for visa should it effect in my case??? Because I have probation period for six months but I want to go for one week in October its possible to get visa easily

  • Reply tetski July 23, 2014 at 08:09

    First application denied due to no sufficient fund for my account.. can i provide joint account statement with mu husband as both of us will travel to europe

  • Reply Caroline Valdez July 23, 2014 at 08:06

    Can we use Joint Account for applying schengen visa?

  • Reply Remon July 23, 2014 at 00:00

    Hi all,

    Just got my Schengen visa trough CKGS, would like to share view important points.

    – Do not wait until your schedule date, come as a walk in but ensure to arrive early. They will not allow you if you ask trough their call center, just go there direct along with the document.

    – I make all dummy booking for Airlines and Hotels and its not a problem.

    • Reply Leigh July 24, 2014 at 15:21

      Hi Remon I want to ask you some question i applied visa at ckgs on June 30 then i check through online received on July 01 at embassy but until now no any news or any updates but i keep contact them through chat online and i told them that i have only 2 weeks left for my vacation and supposed to fly to italy on july 12 so i thought they will release before that day i go so is not happened so try to wait til now.At my NOC i submit to them is mention my file vacation leave july 12 to august 12. Please help me guy’s about my difficult situation and already i waste my time that supposed to be

      • Reply polb July 24, 2014 at 19:45

        Had the same problem my leave was starting on 5th of July to 15 July so basically 10 days in schengen country had submitted my documents early enough but last time I contacted them I was told my visa decision had not been made this was after 10 working days as supposed to be for visa processing time so they’re are requesting me to cancel my previous application and re- apply again because my next vacation is in December I find it very ridiculous.Contact them as Remon have suggested.

  • Reply Fransiska July 22, 2014 at 16:21

    hi Pinay..i’m so happy i find your blog and you share everything. I have plan to go to Paris next year not only Paris its fine if i apply schengen visa same like you Greece in wafi mall?? or i have to go to Paris Embassy in Dubai?? and before i apply visa i have to book and issued airlines ticket??

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 23, 2014 at 07:00

      Hi there, you can’t apply directly through the embassy as they are being handled by agencies. Greece and France are both being handled by VFS in Wafi so you can apply your visa there. I normally use issued tickets which are refundable, just in case. 🙂

  • Reply polb July 22, 2014 at 08:12

    hi..does mutiple entry visa process/decision take longer than 3 weeks even for EU member family(spouse)

  • Reply mohen July 19, 2014 at 19:11

    hi pinay ..i just want to know that to apply the visa i need noc from my company or emplyement certificate ..i will be grate full to you if you give me suggention.

  • Reply Leigh July 7, 2014 at 18:44

    Hi Ms. Pinay…., I apply for schengen visa italy sa ckgs. Ask ko lng how long ung processing nila nag submit ako noong june 30 2014 pero ang flight ko sa july 12 2014 saturday, so what do you think i have enough time to wait my visa release? or shall i ?

    • Reply May July 20, 2014 at 11:22

      Hi Leigh, did you get your passport on time? My friend hasn’t received her passport and the results of the visa application and her flight is this friday. She gave it 2 weeks back.

      • Reply Leigh July 20, 2014 at 14:25

        Hi May i didn’t get yet my passport and still waiting for the result of the visa application also.Supposed to travel on july 12 but i didn;t go due to delay and until now i’m still waiting for that……………..

  • Reply ishaq.zeeshan@gmail.com July 3, 2014 at 13:01

    Hi Pinay…. In order to get a positive result, would you recommend applying for a certain Schengen country visa, if so what country you believe is more easy to get a visa from?


  • Reply Anne July 2, 2014 at 16:13

    Hi Ms. Pinay,

    Thanks for your blog, I’ve read all the info’s and comments..a great help indeed. I’m an FA and just booked for my Visa Appointment to France, I just have 5 days off starting on the day of my appointment, I hope I could get my passport within 5 days time as I need it for my work…God bless!
    btw: I’m also a proud Pinay!=)

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 2, 2014 at 21:57

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for dropping by the blog. I sure hope you’ll get it within 5 days, let me know how it goes. 🙂

  • Reply ybur July 2, 2014 at 11:00

    Hi, thanks for the info. We are planning to go to Greece this Eid. Have an appointment at VFS Dubai tomorrow. Kindly let me know where is the exact location of VFS in Wafi Mall? I am not familiar with Wafi mall, how to go to Falcon Phase 2? Thanks in advance for your reply. You got a nice blog here 🙂

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 2, 2014 at 21:58

      Hi there,

      It’s inside Wafi Mall itself. Once you arrive there, you can just ask the guards. Goodluck!

      • Reply ybur July 3, 2014 at 16:00

        Thanks I found it, and submitted all the docs today, used their premium service which costs me another AED 145, as i’m in a hurry to be back in the office 🙂 it’s waiting time now with fingers and legs crossed .. tik tak tik tak … hope to get it soon!

  • Reply dp June 29, 2014 at 18:06

    Hi thank you, this is really helpful. Me and partner are Filipinos looking to do a Europe tour in February 2015. Been Dubai residents for 3 years. I am holding an Emirates NBD savings account and my monthly basic does not exceed 5k a month, same as my partner, but we have savings in the bank. Will the bank statement of this account be enough? How much money should we have per pax in the bank? Also, we are planning to visit Greece, Italy, France and Switzerland. What is the easiest country to get a Schengen visa from? Given our basic. And one friend was suggesting to get “dummy” flight tickets and hotel bookings. How do we do this and can this be enough for the application? This is a back up and to save us if we get declined (pray not) this tour is our 5th anniversary celevrvratiobln Thank you sooo much!

    • Reply Odd Angel September 25, 2014 at 18:30

      Hi there…..do not use dummy flight tickets and hotel bookings….im a Filipino working as a Sports Physiotherapist of UAE National Team, i will not mention the sports….Consuls know and highly trained in these area FYI… they know who are lying…..i have clients working as Consuls before in different embassies here in Abu Dhabi and they told me they have good training on this aspect…….they might check your “dummy” flight tickets and hotel bookings…if they will know this, sorry, you and your partner will be blacklisted to travel to those countries…..worst scenario, they will inform your present company and might be a big problem for both of you……whoever advised you this, i guess is not a friend…….. anyway, I, together with the sports team, went to Europe last April for World Championship….i never had any difficulty getting my Schengen Visa that time because im working in a government team…they processed everything….sorry, i dont mean to brag about this…pero nag personal appearance pa rin ako sa embassy for finger printing……Italian embassy, make sure na kumpleto documents and lahat ng details niyo including entry and exit dates……ultimo kaliit liitang details itatanong sa inyo…..remember marami tayong mga kababayan nagtatrabaho sa Italy…. may mga kaibigan ako na na deny sa Italian embassy….Sa France embassy, my cousin applied, and he was interviewed in French!….he was talking in English but the Consul replied mostly in French, result denied siya..
      switzerland embassy, mahigpit sila….pasensiya nga pala, i know, yung ibang grammar ko mali……God bless sa yo at sa yung partner

  • Reply RJK June 26, 2014 at 11:19

    Hi hope doing well. I have just gone thru the blog and it id quite helpful informative and an complete helping platform, just a quick one this is the second time I did applied for the Schengen visa. earlier I got after 9 days from date of submission my application, do you think it will be a bit easier to get this time earliest/????

  • Reply Mitch June 18, 2014 at 02:35


    Im in AD, just wanted to ask which schengen country you can advise to apply that will more likely approve the visa.

    Do we really need to undergo an interview from the embassy for visa approval? Which schengen countries that does not require an interview?

    Can you advise a travel agency where I can book a dummy hotel booking?


  • Reply fuji June 17, 2014 at 00:43

    Hi pinayflyinghigh I just wanna know. I’d apply for a tourist visa /Schenzen visa going to france..stating my flight on July 2014 . I already submitted all my requirements it would be available by 1-2weeks as u stated…now my problem one of my colleague resign so I was force to move my holiday to Nov. Just in case I will get my visa nxtwik how long does it valid? Can i still used my Schenzen Visa for November Holiday Or do I have to apply again for Nov. Holiday?thank you

    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 17, 2014 at 11:16

      Hi there, i think you will have to apply for another one if you’re changing the date of travel. You can check with VFS directly for a more clear answer.

  • Reply JT June 16, 2014 at 08:56

    Hi Ms. Pinay ask lang po ulit we were planning for a 14 days trip to Germany me and my husband ok na kaya na may 11k sya tapos ako 8k sa bank namin…kc i was planning na isama pa dn ung bank account ko sa pinas which is dollar and peso.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 17, 2014 at 11:18

      Not really sure about that, you can check with VFS directly pero i think ok na yun.

  • Reply visa June 11, 2014 at 10:29

    hi miss pinay ask lng ako if 5k aed is enough to visit italy for 4 dyas and get the chance to approve my visa and 1 more thing di ako nkapagprovide ng 6 months pasylip ko i thought bank statement is enough mgkaroon kea aq ng problema dun sa application q? sa ticket and hotelok nman thanks

  • Reply madrid June 10, 2014 at 17:20

    Hello po, just want to clarify lng po.
    If i’m going to germany for 3 days then netherlands for 3 days
    means i should 2 schenge visa for 2 countries?

  • Reply mirsaid June 9, 2014 at 15:31

    Sir. I want to go Switzerland I have LLC in Dubai how I can apply for visa

  • Reply Gracey June 4, 2014 at 17:35

    Hello Ms. Pinay,

    Your blog is really helpful.:) BTW, just want to clarify something regarding the Employment Certificate requirement, is it necessary to write your purpose or its fine that I will simply ask my company for Employment Certificate in general purpose. My main reason is my company is not that supportive on travels & leisure, so I’m thinking instead of asking certificate for travel purpose I will simply ask for general purpose.:) Thank you in advance.

    Happy Travels!

    (P.S. I’m also Pinay working here in Dubai.)


    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 4, 2014 at 17:42

      Hi there, I think it should be fine. They only need it anyway as a proof that you’re employed here in Dubai. Goodluck!

      • Reply Gracey June 9, 2014 at 16:04

        Hello again, payslip for how many months? And regarding the bank statement do I still need to request on the bank or online bank statement will be ok? Thank you & Happy Travels.:)

  • Reply Yasmin Batugal Gonzales June 4, 2014 at 14:12

    Hi Ms Pinay!

    My husband and I plan to go to Greece this July and we need to apply for our Schengen Visa. I’ve already set an appointment on June 12. We’re both Filipino citizens and my husband is the only one working.

    In the documents I need to submit, I just have to declare that I’m a house wife right and I’m a dependent of him? Then I just submit one bank account statement from both of us? Please confirm.

    Thanks so much! I really find your blog very helpful.


    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 4, 2014 at 14:18

      Hi there, not sure about that. Better to double check with VFS. Goodluck!

  • Reply JT May 28, 2014 at